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Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.
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Writer Paul Goldberg on "The Yid"

D.C.-based writer Paul Goldberg recently published his first novel, "The Yid." We talk with him about the story, how living in D.C. shapes his work and his 'day job' overseeing the influential Cancer Letter project.

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"The Anatomy Of Love," 25 Years Later

In the early nineties, anthropologist Helen Fisher wrote “The Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray.” Now she’s back with the latest research on how love affects the brain and how the Internet has changed dating.

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Left To Fend For Himself, 'Pax' The Fox Must Find His Human Friend

To research her new novel for young readers, author Sara Pennypacker consulted with a red fox expert. Her takeaway? "They're brilliant. Foxes are so brilliant," she says.
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Erika Christakis: "The Importance Of Being Little"

Walk into a pre-school classroom in America today and Erika Christakis says it’s likely you’ll see some familiar décor: alphabet charts, bar graphs, calendars, and schedules. It’s all part, says the expert in early child education, of a nationwide drive to make sure kids are ready for school at a younger and younger age.

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When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet

"It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.
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At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.
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What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.
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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Yann Martel: "The High Mountains of Portugal"

The best-selling author of "Life of Pi” on his new novel. Three connected tales set decades apart in Portugal about love, grief and faith. A quest to find an old crucifix, a surreal ghost story, and a fable about a chimpanzee.

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