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Louise Erdrich's 'The Round House' Wins National Book Award For Fiction

Erdrich's novel is laced with emotional nuance, and demonstrates in painful detail the legal and cultural obstacles to prosecuting rapists on a North Dakota reservation. Katherine Boo's acclaimed Behind the Beautiful Forevers – about life in a slum in Mumbai, India — won the nonfiction award.
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Book Review: 'The Lawgiver'

Critic Alan Cheuse reviews the latest work from nonagenarian Herman Wouk called The Lawgiver.
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'Antidote' Prescribes A 'Negative Path To Happiness'

In his new book, Oliver Burkeman shuns motivational seminars and the power of positive thinking in favor of uncertainty, insecurity and even pessimism. "Trying to let [negative] feelings be and not always struggling to stamp them out is a more fruitful alternative," he says.
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'Testament Of Mary' Gives Fiery Voice To The Virgin

Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella recounts familiar stories of the New Testament, as seen through the eyes of Jesus' mother. But this isn't the iconic blushing virgin you're used to seeing. Toibin's Mary is modeled after the fierce heroines of Greek tragedies — and she is filled with anger.
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Salman Rushdie, John Le Carre End Literary Feud

The feud began in 1997 in the letters pages of the Guardian, with Rushdie calling the author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy "a pompous ass" and Le Carre accusing the author of The Satanic Verses of "self-canonization." Both writers now say they regret the literary war of words, and speak of their mutual admiration.
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"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

First-time novelist Ayana Mathis got a big boost for her book "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" when it was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. We talk with Mathis about her inspiration and the whirlwind of sudden fame.

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"The World Until Yesterday"

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond on the many lessons we can learn from traditional cultures about universal issues like parenting, care of the elderly and conflict resolution.

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