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Book News: Putin Biographer To Write Book On Tsarnaev Brothers

Also: Claire Messud tears into an interviewer; a mashup of Marx and Cosmo; Joyce Carol Oates looks at Julian Barnes.
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Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

In a new book, The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has a biological basis just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.
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Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed"

The author of the international best-seller “The Kite Runner” sets his latest novel in Afghanistan, San Francisco and Paris. How a wrenching family decision echoes across generations and time zones.

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Book News: Andrew Cuomo Signs Book Deal With HarperCollins

Also: a lost love poem by Vita Sackville-West; the history of the octopus in Western culture; and why The Great Gatsby endures.
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New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too

People generally don't associate trees with New York City, and if they do, they tend to think only of Central and Prospect parks. But the city is filled with old, beloved trees, some dating back more than 200 years, many of them located in the unsung outer boroughs.
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'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters

Willa Cather's will forbade the publication of her private letters, but that will has now expired. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather contains more than 500 missives — including one that details the real-life story behind Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.
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Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.

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