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'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital

Sheri Fink's Five Days At Memorial, describes the horrific conditions at a New Orleans hospital shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Facing floodwaters and corporate mismanagement, some staffers euthanized sick patients. Fink's judgment of those actions is admirably — and frustratingly — nuanced.
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10 Years, One Book: Norman Rush Brews A Literary Distillation

In his third, much anticipated novel, Subtle Bodies, Rush takes the reader inside the most intimate parts of friendship. The author says his goal for this book, which took him nearly a decade to finish, was to produce his first concentrated piece of writing.
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The 'Wild' Story Of Cheryl Strayed And Her Long-Lost Half-Sister

Strayed's half-sister checked Wild out of the public library because she thought it looked like an interesting travel book. She was about halfway through the first chapter when she realized that she and the author shared the same father.
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'Be Mine': Love And Identity Tangled In Tehran

In her debut novel, Iranian-American Sara Farizan tells the story of two teenage girls, secretly in love. Sahar faces a crisis when she discovers Nasrin is engaged, and considers gender-reassignment surgery as a way for them to stay together. Farizan speaks with NPR's Jacki Lyden about the book and her own struggle with her sexual orientation.
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Suspicious? In 'United States Of Paranoia,' It's Not Just You

Author Jesse Walker argues that believing in shadowy cabals and ominous secrets isn't just for people on the margins — it's as American as apple pie. He says that our nation's paranoia stretches back to the colonial era, and that some conspiracy theories are believed by a majority of Americans.
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Billy Crystal's 'Foolin',' Full Of Fun — And Feeling

The comic and actor talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his insomnia, his friendship with baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and the love of his life. They're all topics in his memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys?
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Amana Fontanella-Khan: "Pink Sari Revolution"

We learn about a grass roots movement for women’s rights in the poverty-stricken region of Bundelkhand, India, and the story of its leader, Sampat Pal.

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Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

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Antitrust Monitor Ordered For Apple Over E-Book Price Fixing

The order, issued two months after Apple was found to be price-fixing, would force the company to submit to oversight for a period of two years.
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Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini"

Novelist Pat Conroy talks with Diane about his new memoir. In it, he describes his stormy family history, specifically his relationship with his father, the inspiration for his best-seller, "The Great Santini."

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