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Faith, Family And Forgiveness In 'We Sinners'

Hanna Pylvainen's debut novel is based on her own childhood in a strict and obscure Finnish Lutheran sect. The book follows members of the Rovaniemi family as they struggle with the decision to leave their church — or to stay.
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'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Have you ever boarded a train seeking a little quiet reading time only to be disrupted by the incessant cell phone chatter of a fellow passenger? What to do? Randy Cohen, The New York Times Magazine's original ethicist, explains "the ethics of everything" in his new book, Be Good.
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Struggling With Parenthood In Utopic 'Motherland'

The sidewalks of Park Slope, Brooklyn, are crowded with moms with expensive strollers and organic groceries. For many New York parents, it's paradise. But despite their seemingly perfect lives in the plush neighborhood, the characters in Amy Sohn's Motherland struggle with parenthood and marriage.
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'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind

Neuroscientist David Eagleman says everything we think, do and believe is determined by complex neural networks battling it out in our brains. His book Incognito, in which he explains what scientists are learning about this hidden world of cognition, is now out in paperback.
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An Adventure On The High Seas Stormed By Pirates

British retirees Rachel and Paul Chandler were sailing in the Indian Ocean in 2009 when their boat was hijacked by Somali pirates. They were held captive in Somalia for more than a year. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks to the couple about their experience, which they documented in the memoir Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates.
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'No Easy Day' To Tell About Bin Laden's Death

As of Friday morning, the book is No. 1 on Amazon's best-sellers list even though it's not due out until Sept. 11. The book's billed as a first-hand account by a former U.S. Navy SEAL who says he was part of that raid in Pakistan. It was written under a pseudonym Mark Owen.
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For Julie Smith, It's All About New Orleans' Secrets

"They say that New Orleans must be a great place to write mysteries because of all the crime there," says Julie Smith, the author of more than a dozen books set in the city. "But that has nothing to do with [crime] — it's all about the secrets." This piece initially aired July 15, 2008 on Morning Edition.

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