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'Torn': Living As An Openly Gay Christian

Justin Lee grew up in a Southern Baptist family. At age 18, he came out to his family and church, who had trouble accepting him as a gay man. Lee later started the Gay Christian Network to encourage a dialogue between gay Christians, their families and their churches. His new book is Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays Vs. Christians Debate.
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A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best

Critic Alan Cheuse maps out a winter wonderland of fiction and poetry — from ancient Greece to the near-future visions of Walter Mosley, a selection of the best books to give and receive this holiday season. Cheuse says these five books strike the perfect balance between lyricism and narrative.
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Kids And Young Adult Winter Reading

Winter reading suggestions for the tots and teens in your life.

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'Gray' Has Random House Employees Seeing Green

Fifty Shades of Grey, the best selling tale of kinky passion, has sold more than 60 million copies. Which is why Random House employees are now seeing green. The big announcement at the publisher's Christmas party: a $5,000 bonus for every employee — from editors to the mailroom.
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Lady Bird Johnson, An Oral History

The transformation of a shy country girl to first lady and her life with President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

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Susan Straight: One Home Town, Many Voices

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates profiles novelist Susan Straight, who is putting her hometown of Riverside, Calif., on the literary map. Straight herself is white, but she weaves the black, working-class voices of Riverside into her work.

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