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'Gatsby' Author Fitzgerald Rests In A D.C. Suburb

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.; he's associated with that city, as well as Paris, the Riviera and New York. But his family had deep roots in Maryland, and he's buried in Rockville, next to a highway between strip malls and train tracks.
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Getting Around To Writing 'Art Of Procrastination'

Just because you procrastinate doesn't mean you're lazy. In his new book, The Art of Procrastination, John Perry argues that many procrastinators are actually perfectionists: "My book says, 'Oh, come on, you're not so bad!' "
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Same Streets, Different Lives In 'NW' London

Zadie Smith returns to old haunts in her latest novel, but it is a sobering homecoming. Where her first novel, White Teeth, was a wild ride into the diverse, vibrant rhythms of a city in transition, NW is a complex exploration of where the inhabitants of that world have landed.
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SEAL Foundation Says It Won't Accept Money From Bin Laden Raid Book

Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL who wrote No Easy Day, reportedly plans to give part of his proceeds from the book to the Navy SEAL Foundation, a non-profit that aids Naval Special Warfare personnel and their families. But the group says it won't accept any money from the book's sales.
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Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait?

Zadie Smith wrote her last novel On Beauty seven years ago — a long time in the anxious world of publishing. Her new novel NW was released in the U.S. on Monday. Critic Maureen Corrigan asks: Was it worth the wait?
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Pentagon Unhappy With 'No Easy Day,' As Book On Bin Laden Raid Tops Charts

Defense Department officials say that No Easy Day, former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette's book about the secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden, includes classified information that may harm U.S. military operations. The book is currently the bestseller on Amazon.
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An Individualist Approach To The Hebrew Bible

In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.
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Review: 'The Yellow Birds'

Alan Cheuse reviews Kevin Powers' first novel The Yellow Birds, which is based on his real life experience serving in Iraq.

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