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A Twin Carries On Alone In 'Her: A Memoir'

Christa Parravani tells the story of her identical twin, Cara, whose brutal rape led to a heroin addiction and eventually her death at the age of 28.
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Rita Moreno Reflects On Anita, Awards And Accents

Moreno made her mark in musicals like Singin' in the Rain and The King and I before winning an Oscar for her unforgettable turn as Anita in West Side Story. Her new memoir tells the story of how a girl born in Puerto Rico and raised in Harlem made it all the way to Hollywood.
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Novel Explores 'Silence' And 'Roar' Of Life In A Place Like Syria

The Silence and the Roar doesn't explicitly take place in Syria, but the similarities between its setting and author Nihad Sirees' home country are undeniable. Sirees' work has been banned from publication in Syria, where he's considered an opponent of the government.
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Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 10 Winner Is ...

Did you leave a message after our prompt? For Round 10 of Three-Minute Fiction, we asked you to submit a short story in the form of a voice mail message.
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Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

Dameron was a composer and pianist who fused the sophisticated arrangements of the Big Band era with bebop's complex harmonies. A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."
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'The Hands of War': A Washingtonian Reflects On Childhood Consumed By Conflict

D.C. resident Marione Ingram revisits difficult childhood memories of World War II in her new memoir, "The Hands of War."
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Book News: Who's Afraid Of Sheryl Sandberg?

Also: Self-portraits of famous authors; why two major spring novels have the same title; and literary statues from around the world.
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Book News: 'Superman' Artist Quits Amid Uproar Over Author's Views On Homosexuality

Also: The influence of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables on Hugo Chavez; Jeb Bush's new book on immigration; and a 9-year-old saves himself and friends from quicksand after reading a survival guide.

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