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Kesey's 'Cuckoo's Nest' Still Flying At 50

The classic American novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has hit the half-century mark. It made its author, Ken Kesey, a literary celebrity — and helped alter perceptions of mental institutions.
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Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

From the comedian and digital director of The Onion, a satirical self-help book for anyone who has a black friend, wants to be the next black president or speak for the black community.
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Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Dictators

Daily Beast and Newsweek Editor Tina Brown looks at writing about life under totalitarian regimes, recommending a new novel about North Korea, an article on "dictator chic," and one that chronicles and contextualizes the history of the Inquisition.
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Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China"

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

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Perspectives On Foreign Policy - Madeleine Albright and Bruce Riedel

A look back at America's role on the global stage since World War II and a look forward at how the U.S. can best use its position of power as it navigates conflicts and crises around the world.

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Dale Carpenter: "Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas"

A law professor tells the story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision that expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.

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'An Available Man': Love After Loss

Hilma Wolitzer's finely observed comedy of manners follows the romantic misadventures of recently widowed 62-year-old Edward Schuyler as he re-enters the dating pool with a splash.
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'Consent' Asks: Who Owns The Internet?

In Consent of the Networked, Rebecca MacKinnon investigates how the governments and corporations that control the digital world can impinge on civil liberties.
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On Amazon, An Uneasy Mix Of Plagiarism And Erotica

Unlike traditional publishing companies, self-publishing programs like Amazon's Kindle Select lack the keen eyes of publishers, leaving room for copyright violations. It also leaves room for plagiarism. That's exactly what an author and publisher or erotica found to be the case with some best-selling ebooks in the genre.

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