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'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."
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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.
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'Who's Who In Baseball' Turns 100 Years Old

NPR's Don Gonyea talks with baseball historian Marty Appel about the appeal of of "Who's Who in Baseball," which celebrates its 100th issue this year.
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Prepare To Weep: 'Little Life' Follows 4 Friends' Path To Redemption

In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.
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How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight

In The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.
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25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why anyone would bother to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.
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Cervantes' Remains Have Been Found In Madrid, Scientists Say

Almost 400 years after his death, researchers have found bone fragments that seem to match what they know about the celebrated author's burial.
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The Long Road To 'Single, Carefree, Mellow'

Writer Katherine Heiny has published her first collection of short stories, Single, Carefree, Mellow.
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Book Review: 'The Discreet Hero'

Alan Cheuse reviews one of his all-time favorite authors, Nobel Prize-winning Mario Vargas Llosa. His new book is called The Discreet Hero, and it was translated by Edith Grossman.
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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

In Daniel Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling — and partly fabricated — memoir.

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