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'Star'-Crossed: When Teens With Cancer Fall In Love

You wouldn't necessarily think of a cancer support group as a place where teens meet and fall in love — but that's exactly what happens to Hazel and Augustus, the young protagonists in The Fault in Our Stars, the latest from author John Green.
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'How It All Began': A Lively Ode To Happenstance

In her 20th work of fiction, Penelope Lively imagines a mugging that sets off a chain of events — and explores the role that chance plays in our lives. "You find yourself looking back over your own life and wondering about where it could have gone completely different," Lively says.
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Newspoet: Tracy K. Smith Writes The Day In Verse

Tracy K. Smith is today's poet in residence at NPR's All Things Considered. She spent the day in the newsroom taking in the sights and sounds, and learning how the show comes together. Then she composed a poem about the day's headlines.
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Can Science Be Done Without Secrecy?

In his book, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, Physicist Michael Nielsen discusses why scientists jealously guard their data and are slow to adopt online tools for collaboration. Nielsen talks about why attempts to create science wikipedias have failed.
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'Birmingham': A Family Tale In The Civil Rights Era

A road trip from Michigan to Alabama places the Watson family in Birmingham in 1963, just as racial tensions are roiling. Christopher Paul Curtis draws upon his own experiences growing up in the 1960s for this Newbury Honor-winning novel.
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Bound Together: Breaking Those Toxic Family Ties

In the bucolic setting of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, the joys and pitfalls of sibling rivalry are given new life. Author Amy Waldman says the book's sparse prose and stark setting provide the backdrop for a moving story of familial resentment.
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Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?

Did the economic stimulus program amount to a costly failure, or save the U.S. from a depression? ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell's new book explains how the 2009 stimulus package was passed and what happened to taxpayers' money.

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