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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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Book Review: 'Sailing The Forest'

Poet Tess Taylor reviews the dark wonder of Scottish poet, Robin Robertson, in his new collection, Sailing the Forest.
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New Browser Extension May Get You Going To The D.C. Public Library More

A civic hacker in D.C. has made a new add-on for your browser that lets you know if a book is available at the local library before you hit "checkout" on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

In his new memoir, Frank describes how early in politics he feared people would "draw inferences" if he supported gay rights. But his drive to fight discrimination was stronger.
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'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

In their new book, terrorism experts Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger say that the "projection of strength" has lead to the rapid expansion of the self-declared Islamic State.
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Change Your Habits And You'll Be 'Better Than Before'

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gretchen Rubin about her new book, Better Than Before. It's her philosophy of how to create good habits and nix the bad ones.
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A Mystery 'Bullet' Reveals Long-Kept Family Secrets

The hero of Mary Louise Kelly's novel, The Bullet, discovers she has a bullet in her neck but doesn't know how it got there. Kelly tells NPR's Rachel Martin she was inspired by a true story.
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'Windows' That Transform The World: Jane Hirshfield On Poetry

In a "window moment," the poet says, a work shifts and expands: "By glancing for a moment at something else, the field of the poem becomes larger. What's in the room with the poem is bigger."
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From Freud To Possession, A Doctor Faces Psychiatry's Demons

In Shrinks, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman looks at the development of what he himself calls the most distrusted, feared and denigrated of all medical specialties.
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These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Forbidden City was part of a Chinese-American nightclub scene that flourished in 1940s and '50s San Francisco. But between racial taunts and scandalized parents, its performers didn't have it easy.

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