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Marie Tillman: "The Letter"

In 2003, Pat Tillman wrote a "just in case" letter to his wife before leaving for Afghanistan to serve with the Army Rangers. She recounts how that letter helped her remake her life after his death.

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Teenage Brain: Gateway To A 'Bright And Dark' World

For author Meg Wolitzer, John Neufeld's 1969 novel Lisa, Bright and Dark opened the door to more intense reads on mental illness. Has a book you've read ever acted as a gateway to harsher, truer or more literary novels? Tell us in the comments.
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Dr. Karp On Parenting And The Science Of Sleep

Pediatrician Harvey Karp has treated thousands of kids over the course of his 30-year-career, and his popular series of parenting books are international best sellers. His latest is the Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep. And if you're a parent, you know he's really talking about your sleep.
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The Fight For The Right To Hear, 'Yes, Chef'

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson was born in rural Ethiopia, adopted and then raised in Sweden. As a black chef, he was conscious of breaking through the racial barrier. The heat in the kitchen never let up. "Through that process of being yelled at in German, French and English and Swedish, I learned a lot," he says.
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Rich Reads: Historical Fiction Fit For A Queen

These five books will give you literary jet lag — a yearning to linger in the world of the author's imagination, and a reluctance to return to your own. The research is so deep it becomes invisible, and these writers are trusted guides, gently nudging and leading you through each tale.
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Lessons For Europe From 'The Second World War'

Historian Antony Beevor's new book uncovers telling details about the 20th century's greatest conflict, beginning with the unlikely story of a Korean conscript who was captured by almost every army involved in the war, before eventually ending up in Illinois.
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Readers' Review: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin (Rebroadcast)

For our April Readers’ Review: a woman’s journey to self-discovery in the late 1800's. Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” so disturbed readers when it first came out it was banned. Now it’s considered a feminist landmark.

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Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse

Hang on tight. These five new works of fiction will take you on an exhilarating ride. Brace yourself for a noir he-said-she-said, an R-rated version of Marie Antoinette's life and death, a haunting tale from a back-to-nature commune and Toni Morrison's lush Home.

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