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A Quaint, Compelling 'Pilgrim' Tale In The New World

The year is 1622, and a tormented English Puritan strikes out for the Plymouth Plantation in Hugh Nissenson's moody, intelligent novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Pilgrim is a work of straightforward historical fiction — of the sort that you don't see so much anymore.
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Keynes' Consuming Ideas On Economic Intervention

For British economist Sir John Maynard Keynes, consumption — economic or otherwise — was what made the world go 'round. His ideas about how to nurture national economies, and when to intervene, are still being debated, 65 years after his death.
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From Crushing Poverty To South Korea's Presidency

Lee Myung-bak was so poor as a child that he wore his school uniform every day because he had no other clothes. He became a student activist and helped Hyundai become the massive conglomerate it is today. In many ways, Lee's life story — and ultimate success — mirrors that of South Korea.
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Hello From Flyover Territory: 3 Midwestern Novels

It might be the Heartland of America, but writers from the middle of the country are often overlooked. An Iowa resident herself, author Jennifer Wilson recommends the best books from that cold, comforting place known as the Midwest.
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Mark Kelly Tells Of Giffords' 'Courage' In Recovery

The retired NASA astronaut, who has written the new book Gabby: A Story Of Courage and Hope, goes into detail about his wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery since she was shot in the head on Jan. 8. His constant refrain is that she's "improving all of the time."
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Regis Philbin Explains How He 'Got This Way'

On Friday, Regis Philbin will step down from his hosting duties on the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly. But that doesn't mean he's retiring. In his new memoir, How I Got This Way, Philbin chronicles the twists and turns of his career and explains where he plans to go next.
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Why Amazon Loses Money On Every Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is a book store, a movie theater and a record shop. And Amazon's the one selling the books, movies and music.
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'Then Again': Diane Keaton On Owing It All To Mom

In 1977, Diane Keaton's role in Annie Hall turned her into the star she had dreamed of becoming since she was a little girl, when no one believed she would make it more than her own mother. Keaton looks back on her life — and her mom — in her new memoir, Then Again.

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