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YA Author Celebrates Growing Up Latino In The U.S.

In 2006, Malin Alegria's debut novel was unique in the world of young adult fiction: It followed a Mexican-American girl through a quintessential coming-of-age experience — the quinceanera. Today, Alegria's book is still celebrated in Latino communities — and publishers are starting to pay attention.
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Income Disparity And The 'Price Of Civilization'

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been criticized for lacking focus — but its main slogan seems to be resonating. That slogan, "We are the 99 percent," highlights the issue of income disparity. It's something economist Jeffrey Sachs has been tracking for a long time.
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Book Review: '1Q84'

Noted Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has penned a massive new novel. It's titled 1Q84, a nod to George Orwell's 1984. A young woman plunges into an alternate universe filled with love, mystery, fantasy and self discovery.
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3 Extreme Tales Of Tribulation For The Apocalypse

The wait has been long and the predictions many, but according to Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, the enlightened will finally be called home on Oct 21. Author Rhoda Janzen offers three redeeming suggestions to help you prepare for the upcoming apocalypse.
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'Why Read Moby-Dick?': A Passionate Defense Of The 'American Bible'

Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort.
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The Sad Lesson Of 'Body Snatchers': People Change

Science-fiction writer Jack Finney would have turned 100 this month. Critic Maureen Corrigan says he had a knack for tapping into our shallowly buried psychological anxieties. At its core, Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is about how our loved ones inevitably change — and it is as sad as it is scary.

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