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'Life Of Objects' Tells A Cautionary WWII Fairy Tale

Susanna Moore tells the saga of an ambitious girl, a family's artistic fortune and a world at war. Young heroine Beatrice Palmer is whisked off to Berlin where she is put to work packing up priceless artwork in a wealthy family's mansion.
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Book Review: 'Black Dahlia and White Rose'

Alan Cheuse reviews Joyce Carol Oates most recent story collection, Black Dahlia and White Rose. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.
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Google's Digital Library Plan Hits Another Snag

Since its founding more than a decade ago, Google has been trying to scan all the world's books to make them searchable online. But the effort has been stalled because of opposition from the Authors Guild. On Monday, a judge put the case on hold while Google appeals whether authors should receive class status.
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In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

Attica Locke was inspired to write her new novel after attending an interracial couple's wedding on a plantation. The Cutting Season tells the story of two murders set a century apart. The past, Locke says, "walks with us still."
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Becoming 'Anton,' Or, How Rushdie Survived A Fatwa

In 1989, Iran's leader issued an edict that sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for writing the novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie reflects on the fallout from that order — from the years spent in hiding to the alias he created to avoid detection — in a new memoir called Joseph Anton.
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Renaissance CSI: Machiavelli-Da Vinci Detective Duo

In The Malice of Fortune, two of the biggest names of the Renaissance team up to track a killer. Michael Ennis pairs the ruthless political philosopher and the genius artist in a pulse-quickening, historical whodunit.
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Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

The role of government in health care is a hot-button political issue in today's debates. But a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital argues the most important reform needed is more transparency. Dr. Marty Makary describes how to make medicine more accountable.

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How Obama, Roberts Interpret Laws In 'The Oath'

Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Oath, explores how President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts are at odds over constitutional law. Toobin tells Fresh Air that while Obama likes precedent when it comes to the Supreme Court, Roberts "wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."

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