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Readers' Review: "Orphan Train" By Christina Baker Kline

A novel about Vivian, a young Irish girl sent by rail from a New York City tenement to Minnesota in the early 1900s. She was one of thousands of abandoned children sent to live with rural families for a better life. But not all ended up in loving homes.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
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African-Americans And The Atomic Bomb

August marks the 70th anniversary of the use of nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even before those events, civil rights and anti-colonial activists were linking racial issues to anti-nuclear advocacy. We consider that history of opposition to the bomb from the likes of Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson and Malcom X and apply that historic context to the recent news of the Iran nuclear deal.

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Cyrus Copeland: "Off The Radar: A Father's Secret, A Mother's Heroism, And A Son's Quest"

A writer explores his father's mysterious imprisonment, and accusations that he was spying for the CIA, in revolutionary-era Iran.

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A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game'

In the 1983 game, the Yankees were holding a trump card: an obscure rule that turned the Royals' game-winning home run into a game-loser, inspiring one of the most epic tantrums in baseball history.
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In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us

In Crooked, novelist Austin Grossman excuses Richard Nixon's rocky political career in the weirdest ways possible — by reimagining the former president as a warrior against supernatural forces.
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'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets

Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.
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50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert

It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.
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In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.
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Iconic Literary Road Trips, Mapped In Time For Summer

The website Atlas Obscura has mapped out a dozen famous road trips in American literature, from Mark Twain's stagecoach journey to F. Scott Fitzgerald's drive from Connecticut to Montgomery, Ala.

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