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In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine

The new Time Traveler's Almanac is a vast collection of chronological chronicles. Co-editor Ann VanderMeer says she was surprised to find that most time travelers just want to fix their love lives.
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Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.
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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.
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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.
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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.
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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."
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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.
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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.
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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.
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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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