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'Underground Airlines' Is An Extraordinary Work Of Alternate History

In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."
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A Conversation With Julian Fellowes

The global hit “Downton Abbey” chronicled the lives and loves of Britain’s nobility — and their downstairs staff — in an era of great social change. Now, the show’s creator explores money, desire and secrets in a new novel set in the 19th Century. A conversation with Julian Fellowes.

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'Coyote America' Honors An Animal Making North America Home For Centuries

David Greene talks to historian Dan Flores about his book, Coyote America, a biography of an iconic animal of the American West. Increasingly, the coyote has become associated with suburban life.
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#LintonLies: How Zambians Are Using Social Media To Talk Back

Zambians have turned to Twitter to point out factual errors and criticize the tone in a British actress's memoir about her gap year in their country.
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Tracing The 'Rise Of The Judicial Right' To Warren Burger's Supreme Court

Burger served as chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 until 1986. Linda Greenhouse, author of The Burger Court, says those years helped establish the court's conservative legal foundation.
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Larry Olmsted: "Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating & What You Can Do About It"

Parmesan cheese sold in the U.S. often contains wood pulp. Most extra-virgin olive oil doesn't deserve the name. A journalist identifies an array of fake food in American stores and restaurants and tells us how to spot the real thing.

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From 'Runt Of The Litter' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip-flop" he says; "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."
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'Like Water For Chocolate' Author Is Out With A Crime Thriller

In her novel, Pierced by the Sun, Laura Esquivel tackles crime and corruption in modern-day Mexico and boasts a female protagonist. The book has just been published in English.
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'This Is No Paradise': Author Explores The Side Of Jamaica Tourists Don't See

The characters in Here Comes the Sun are working-class women, struggling with money, sexuality and the pressures of tourism. It is a debut novel for Jamaican author Nicole Dennis-Benn.
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'The Next Pandemic': New Threats, But New Defenses, Too

Dr Ali S. Khan's book, The Next Pandemic, takes us from doctor's offices in the Midwest to the "hot zones" of Africa. In the process, he explains how to think about the risk of migrating diseases.

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