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Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

Revelations that the federal government is collecting massive amounts of data about telephone calls and Internet traffic has some people nervous that George Orwell's vision of Big Brother constantly watching them has come true.
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Judy Blume Hits The Big Screen With 'Tiger Eyes' Adaptation

With the help of her son Lawrence Blume, Judy Blume has adapted her 1981 novel into a film. The widely beloved coming-of-age author speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about turning the book into a movie, and how the themes in Tiger Eyes echo her own life.
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Book News: The Bible An Unexpected Best-Seller In Norway

Also: The editor of the Science Fiction Writers of America Bulletin is stepping down amid a controversy over sexism; Kevin Barry's City of Bohane wins the IMPAC Dublin Award; an impromptu library for Turkish protesters.
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Coming Of Age Amid Upheaval In 'We Need New Names'

In We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo tells the story of Darling and her friends, desperate children who live in a shantytown called Paradise. Although the early chapters are told in a child's voice, there is no whimsy in this novel of a turbulent Zimbabwe.
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Book News: A.M. Homes Takes Women's Prize For Fiction

Also: Orhan Pamuk on the protests in Turkey; Adam Johnson on Kim Jong Il's sushi chef.
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McCann's 'TransAtlantic' Crosses Fiction And Fact, Ireland And U.S.

Novelist Colum McCann decided to write about the ties that bind his homeland, Ireland, with the United States, where he now lives. But he wanted to stay far away from cliches about being Irish-American. The result? His new novel, featuring historical figures searching for freedom, adventure and peace.
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Apple: Price-Fxing Charges 'Not True'

Lawyers for Apple will be back in court again Tuesday defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department. In opening statements, Apple's lawyer said the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.

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