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Priest, Author And Critic Rev. Andrew Greeley Dies

He thought of himself as a priest first and foremost. But Greeley was famous for his sometimes steamy novels that also cast a critical eye at his church. Greeley was 85 and had been in poor health since suffering a brain injury in 2008.
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Book News: Sci-Fi Author Jack Vance Dies At 96

Also: Don Share is named the new editor of Poetry magazine; Malcolm Gladwell hates the New York Public Library.
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How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.
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For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night'

In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.
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Chopra Brothers: Separate Paths But Common Bond

Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra both followed in their father's footsteps and became physicians. But while one chose Western medicine, the other took a spiritual approach. Now they've teamed up for a memoir, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.
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Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

Also: The next Bridget Jones book; and how novelist Donna Tartt came to be missing part of her ear.

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