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'The Room' Offers An Escape From The Office — Or Does It?

Swedish actor and playwright Jonas Karlsson ventures into fiction with The Room, a surreal tale of a dour bureaucrat who finds a tiny secret room at his workplace, a room which may or may not be real.
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'Strange Fruit' Shares Uncelebrated, Quintessentially American Stories

Have you heard of Bass Reeves? Richard Potter? Spottswood Rice? "Box" Brown? If not, illustrator-historian Joel Christian Gill says, you're missing out on some of the best stories in American history.
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A Berkeley Student Comes Home In 'Braggsville,' With Consequences

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.
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Dangerous Freedoms And Fading Memories In 'Find Me'

Imagine a future where an epidemic that erases memories (and eventually kills) takes over the country: That's the setting for the first novel from celebrated short story writer Laura Van Den Berg.
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'Listen, Slowly' About Connecting To A Heritage You Don't Know

Rachel Martin talks with National Book Award-winning author Thanhha Lai about her children's book, Listen, Slowly.
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Tumultuous Relationships, But Not Much Gossip, In Langston Hughes' Letters

Poet Langston Hughes was also an "inveterate letter writer," says the co-editor of a new compilation of his correspondence. But if you're hoping to find profound love letters, you'll be disappointed.
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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "will I ever get my cameras back?"
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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says, Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."
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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

Reggie Love went from playing sports at Duke to working as Barack Obama's personal assistant. His new memoir, Power Forward, describes what he learned on the campaign trail and in the White House.
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We Went From Hunter-Gatherers To Space Explorers, But Are We Happier?

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari packs the history of humanity into 400 pages. "In some areas we've done amazingly well," the historian says. "In other areas we've done amazingly bad."

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