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Review: 'Truth Like The Sun'

In Truth Like The Sun, author Jim Lynch traces the growth of Seattle after it hosted the 1962 World's Fair. The novel deals with themes of idealism versus pragmatism and high idealism versus raw ambition.
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Teenage Tales: Sneaking Looks In Sexy Books

Coming out as a teenager can be difficult. That's why finding Rubyfruit Jungle was important for author Emily Danforth. The book's lesbian narrator helped her figure out who she wanted to be. Have you ever found a book that helped you understand yourself better? Tell us about it in the comments.
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'Fermentation': When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good

Self-described "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz says "the creative space" between fresh and rotten is the root of most of humanity's prized delicacies. His new book, The Art of Fermentation, explores the ancient culinary art form.
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Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats

Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In Full Body Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
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What Animals Can Teach Humans About Healing

A new book called Zoobiquity explores the diseases that humans and animals have in common. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers explain how fainting fish, obese dragonflies, depressed gorillas and monkeys with heart failure can help inform human health.
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Book Party For One: A Loner's Summer Survival Guide

Summer is a trying time for introverts, what with the barbecues and the graduations and the picnics by the pool. If you'd always choose a good book over a good party, critic Maureen Corrigan has a list for you.
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Joan Rivers Hates You And Everyone Else

Comedian Joan Rivers hates a lot of things. Her new book I Hate Everyone, Starting with Me details the things Rivers can't stand, from her appearance to obituaries to younger comedians who steal her gigs.

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