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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."
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Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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'Timid Son' Celebrates Mambas And Manly Men

Kent Russell's collection of autobiographical short stories explores the extremes of masculinity — like a man who's developing an immunity to snake venom by letting cobras and black mambas bite him.
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Queen Victoria's Childhood Story To Be Published

A short story written by Queen Victoria when she was just 10 years old is to be published for the first time in June.
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Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Chinese novels have dwelt mainly on the past and present. Liu Cixin is starting to change that. His science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos, and offers commentary on current events.
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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.
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Postal Service Slips Up With Special-Edition Stamp For Maya Angelou

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.
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USPS Picks Perfect Line For Maya Angelou Stamp — If Only It Were Hers

A limited-edition stamp from the U.S. Postal Service, which was intended to honor the late poet, bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.
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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Brooke Borel's new book describes their history and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."
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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.

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