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'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.
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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.
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'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner

In his new memoir, sous chef Michael Gibney spends 24 hours on the line, capturing the rhythm of a New York restaurant kitchen — from quiet morning prep work to dinner hour in full swing.
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'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.
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For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

David Giffels spent his whole life watching people — friends, colleagues, LeBron James — leave his hometown. In a new book, he reflects on the effects of those departures.
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A Homecoming, Minus The Nostalgia, In Cole's Unsparing 'Thief'

Teju Cole writes of a young man's return to Nigeria in Every Day Is for the Thief. He says his narrator is "somebody who's been away a long time and doesn't want to pretty up the picture at all."
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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us 'Get It'

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?
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With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

The approach made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for most people, according to psychiatrist Lance Dodes. In fact, he says, the steps can actually be harmful to the majority of addicts.
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'Parentology': Bribes, Behavior And The Science Of Raising Kids

Irreverent dad and sociologist Dalton Conley says parenting books take the wrong approach. He wants to teach parents to make sense of available research in order to apply it to their own kids.

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