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Jacques Pepin Selects His 'Essential' Favorites

In the U.S., he's beloved for his PBS programs. But chef Jacques Pepin apprenticed in the Grand Hotel de L'Europe at 13, was personal chef for three French heads of state, and cooked at New York City's Le Pavillon. In Essential Pepin, he culls his favorite dishes from six decades in the kitchen.
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How The Financial Crisis Created A 'New Third World'

In Boomerang, writer Michael Lewis tells the stories of the countries hit hardest by the 2008 financial crisis. He also profiles some people who bet against European governments and are likely to make millions if and when they default.
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Stevens Chronicles 'Five Chiefs' Of The Supreme Court

John Paul Stevens' new memoir is framed as a discussion about the office of the chief justice; it includes a brief history of the nation's first 12 chief justices, followed by thorough descriptions of the five he knew well. Stevens, now 91, retired in 2010 after nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court.
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Immigrants' Status Explored In 'Barbarian Nurseries'

In his new novel, Hector Tobar explores the inconsistencies in the country's dependence on illegal immigrants even as some Americans persist in keeping them at arm's length.
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Amid Extremism, Muslims Take Up Nonviolence

On Friday, a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who inspired several plots to attack Americans. But human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar says al-Awlaki represents an extreme minority, and a majority of Muslims prescribe to a peaceful side of Islam. He discusses his new book, Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.
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In 'Boomerang,' Cheap Credit Exposes Nations' Flaws

No two countries are experiencing the global financial crisis in the same way. And author Michael Lewis says you can tell a lot about each country by looking at its problems. To research for his new book, Boomerang, Lewis visited some of the most financially challenged countries in the world.
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Three-Minute Fiction

The Three-Minute Fiction contest is over, but the fun is just beginning. We received 3,400 stories in Round 7 and our readers from Iowa Writer's Workshop and New York University are hard at work trying to get to all of them. NPR's Lynn Neary and Bob Mondello bring two of these stories to life: "Misshapen" by Aaron Maltz and "The Young and the Old" by Alex Swiatek.

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