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Keys Are The Key To 'What Is Not Yours'

Writer Helen Oyeyemi's new collection features nine stories all linked through the idea of keys that open rooms, doors, even hearts. She says she felt haunted by keys while working on the book.
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'A Song Of Gratitude': Cuban-American Poet Hopeful Of Improved Relations

Cuban-American poet and author Margarita Engle praises President Obama's "courage to make peace" with Cuba. Her book Enchanted Air tells of being separated from her Cuban family members.
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With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

Katie Roiphe's The Violet Hour is a meditation on mortality in which she describes the last days of Maurice Sendak, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, John Updike, James Salter and Dylan Thomas.
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'I Grew Up In The Shadow Of This': Writer Reflects On His Brother's Murder

David Kushner was 4 years old when his older brother Jon was killed. "I think with the loss of anybody, that person — they don't disappear," he says. Alligator Candy is his memoir of the experience.
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Grown Birds Squawk For Their Worm In 'The Nest'

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's debut novel, The Nest, is a funny family drama about a group of adult siblings squabbling over a long-awaited trust fund that's gotten unexpectedly alrger.
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Jorge Ramos: "Take A Stand: Lessons From Rebels"

A conversation with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos about his new book, "Take A Stand: Lessons From Rebels."

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For A Young Irish Artist And Author, Words Are Anchored In Images

"I see the world and then I describe it," says Sara Baume. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, is a "very atypical love story" between a troubled man and his adopted one-eyed dog.
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'The Rope' Chronicles A Good Death, And A Bad Start

Kanan Makiya's new novel is named for the rope used to execute Saddam Hussein. It follows one Shiite militiaman from the day of Saddam's fall through the tumultuous years that follow.
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'Putin Country' Offers A Glimpse Inside 'Real' Russia

Veteran foreign correspondent Anne Garrels takes us deep inside Russia, where citizens struggle with a shaky economy and widespread corruption, but seem supportive of their controversial president.
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Shirley MacLaine: "Above The Line"

Oscar-winning actress and best-selling author Shirley MacLaine talks about her long career in film, making a new movie in the Canary Islands and the power of personal insights that can be pulled from our long-forgotten memories.

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