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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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Financial Advisors Selling Bogus Advice?

Skipping $4 lattes will save you some money — but buying into bogus financial advice won't. Finance journalist, Helaine Olen says many of the so-called 'financial experts' are selling you advice to make themselves rich. She discusses her book, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry with host Michel Martin.
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Book News: Male Authors Still Get Far More Coverage, Survey Shows

Also: Alice B. Toklas' fudge recipe; a fireproof edition of Fahrenheit 451; and a Milton scholar on ghostwriting the Sweet Valley High series.

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