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Why Americans Spend Too Much

The 2008 financial crisis made it clear: Americans save too little, spend too much and borrow excessively, says Princeton professor Sheldon Garon. In Western Europe and East Asia, governments aggressively encourage people to save through special savings institutions and savings campaigns.
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D.C. Public Library Offers Late Fee Amnesty

Been avoiding the library because you've got some lingering late fees? The D.C. Public Library is running an amnesty program through February that will forgive past transgressions.

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Victorian Humor At Its Silliest, Cheesiest Best

Can the mishaps of three seriously misguided Victorian gentlemen still provoke laughter? More than 120 years after its first edition, author Julia Stuart says Jerome K. Jerome's classic caper, Three Men in a Boat, is still a delightful read.
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Book Review: 'The Sojourn'

The Sojourn is a first novel from Andrew Krivak. It's the story of a young Slovakian immigrant to the United States who must return to Europe — and finds himself fighting in World War I.
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John Lithgow's On-Stage 'Education'

Though he was born into a theater family, John Lithgow never intended to become an actor. He dreamed of painting, instead. In his memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education, he focuses on the years before the fame — from his stage debut at the age of two to his move West to become a star.
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In 'Salvage The Bones,' Family's Story Of Survival

Jesmyn Ward's novel adopts a teen's perspective, showing how one black Mississippi family endured poverty, sexual abuse and violence, and then braved Hurricane Katrina. Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction. Ward speaks with host Michel Martin.

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