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Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Also: Sarah Palin is writing a book about Christmas; Rachel Aviv on the literary genius of Julian Jaynes; author Sarah Manguso on memoir.
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Modern Interpretations Of Stress Place Focus On Feeling, Not Causes

"Stressed out" is a tough phrase to avoid these days. But as a society, how did we get to be so stressed? Audie Cornish talks with Dana Becker about her new book One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress As An Idea. Becker says there has been a cultural shift in this country that looks to cure stress, rather than fix those forces that cause it.
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'Frankenstein's Cat': Bioengineering The Animals Of The Future

Science journalist Emily Anthes talks about how scientists are engineering mice with tumors and working to create pigs that can grow organs for human transplant and insects that could serve as drones for the military.
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Book News: Amazon Tries To Claim '.book' Domain; Publishers Fight Back

Also: the best books coming out this week; Mindy Kaling is writing another memoir; and Francine Prose explores dreams in literature.
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'Lean In': Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Explains What's Holding Women Back

"The blunt truth is men still run the world," says Silicon Valley executive Sheryl Sandberg — and the problem begins as early as the playground, where assertive boys are called leaders, and assertive girls are called bossy.
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Remembering Aldo Leopold, Visionary Conservationist And Writer

Leopold's A Sand County Almanac was published in 1949. Decades after his death, his work is at the cutting edge of his field — and his words inspire a new generation of environmentalists.
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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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