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Jake Tapper: 'The Outpost' That Never Should Have Been

In a new book, the CNN anchor tells the story of Combat Outpost Keating. The ill-fated American military base was in a remote Afghan valley, and on Oct. 3, 2009, it became the site of one of the deadliest attacks against U.S. troops in the history of the war in Afghanistan.
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Finding A Path For Pakistan At The Karachi Literature Festival

Pakistan's Karachi Literature Festival wrapped up earlier this week amid fresh reports of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. NPR's Steve Inskeep says that despite the violence, the festival was an intensely relevant and vibrant discussion of Pakistan's troubled path.
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Discovering Sexuality Through Teen Lit

In Benjamin Alire Saenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the titular characters are Mexican-American loners trying to find their place in the world; they end up finding each other in the process.
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Book News: Hilary Mantel Gets A Sales Boost After Kate Middleton Controversy

Also: Ron Paul is writing a book; Patricia Cornwell wins a $50.9 million lawsuit; and Kelly Clarkson is not pleased.
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Celebrated British Writer Derides Kate Middleton As 'Shop-Window Mannequin'

One of Britain's most celebrated authors has launched a withering attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, the pregnant wife of Prince William, branding her a "shop-window mannequin" with a plastic smile whose only role in life is to breed. Prime Minister David Cameron described award-winning writer Hilary Mantel as "misguided" after she likened the former Kate Middleton to a "machine made" doll, devoid of personality.

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