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After Tragedy, 2 Families Find Their Own Justice In Louise Erdrich's 'LaRose'

When an Ojibwe hunter accidentally kills his friend's child, he sends his own son to live with the grieving family. Erdrich says tribal family ties are "extremely close" and "much more fluid."
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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Valiant Ambition"

A new history of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick, the best-selling author of "In the Heart of the Sea.” The story of how Benedict Arnold, America's most infamous traitor, unified a nation.

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'There Was More I Wanted To Say': Kate Tempest Turns Hit Album Into A Novel

The rapper's debut album, Everybody Down, followed Becky and Harry, two Londoners struggling with love, work and drugs. Now her new book, The Bricks That Built The Houses, takes a look at their pasts.
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A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."
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Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.
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Frans De Waal: "Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?"

The well-known Dutch-American biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal is known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. In a new book, he shows how humans underestimate the intelligence of many animal species.

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Through The Looking Glass: How Children's Books Have Grown Up

Literature for kids hasn't always been focused on the magical and whimsical. We take a three-century tour through the history of children's books in the classroom.
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Richard Russo Returns To North Bath, NY, In 'Everybody's Fool'

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Empire Falls says his characters are inspired by his parents' working-class World War II generation. Russo's new novel is set in a small town in upstate New York.
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'Eleven Hours' Follows Two Soon-To-Be Moms In The Course Of One Labor

Pamela Erens' new book tells the story of a woman in labor and the nurse who helps her through it.
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Robert Worth's 'A Rage For Order' Takes On Troubled Middle East

Robert Worth was in Cairo in February 2011 when news spread that president Hosni Mubarak had resigned. He tells Melissa Block about that moment and shares other personal stories about the Arab Spring.

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