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E-Readers Track How We Read, But Is The Data Useful To Authors?

Data is being collected about your reading habits — what kind of books you read, whether or not you finish them. Publishers say the information could improve how books are written, but some novelists are skeptical.
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'Anything That Moves': Civilians And The Vietnam War

In a new book, Nick Turse says the pressure on U.S. forces to produce a body count during the Vietnam War led to mass civilian deaths. "The idea," he says, "was that the Vietnamese, they weren't really people."
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Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' At 200

As the classic novel celebrates its bicentennial on Jan. 28, Paula Byrne's The Real Jane Austen examines some of the key objects in Austen's life and how they reveal a much more cosmopolitan awareness of the world than is commonly credited to her.
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Al Roker On Being ' The Jolly Fat Person'

Al Roker won fame as the ever-smiling weatherman on NBC's Today show. But he also endured years of indignities because of his weight. That was until he had bariatric surgery, and lost more than 100 pounds. Roker talks with host Michel Martin about his experience, and his latest book, Never Goin' Back.
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A Colorful Anniversary: The Caldecott Medal Turns 75

The award for the most distinguished children's picture book of the year is announced Monday. The first winner, in 1938, was a book of illustrated animals from the Bible, but the medal has also gone to books like Madeline's Rescue and Where the Wild Things Are.
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'Manifest Injustice': A 40-Year Fight For Freedom

Bill Macumber, a respected member of his Arizona community, was convicted of a grisly 1962 double murder. Late last year, however, he was released from prison. A new book tells the story of a flawed investigation and legal process that cost Macumber 38 years of freedom.
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Ship Those (Virtual) Chips: The Rise And Fall Of Online Poker's Youngest Crew

In the early 2000s, the get-rich-quick scheme of choice for young college dropouts was online poker. In his new book Ship It Holla Ballas, Jonathan Grotenstein follows two young players as they rake in the dough.
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"Game Over": When Our Sports Get Political

Sports writer Dave Zirin joins us to explore how games became arenas for epic clashes over everything from the role of religion in the public square to the push for democracy in the Arab Spring.

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