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'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss

In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity.
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Life Is Tough, Says Joan Rivers, So 'You Better Laugh At Everything'

The comic has made a career out of saying exactly what she thinks. She tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I'm the one who says, 'The emperor has no clothes.' " Her new book is Diary of a Mad Diva.
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Princip Pulled 'The Trigger,' But Never Meant To Start A War

Journalist Tim Butcher's new book traces the footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, the young Serbian revolutionary who famously sparked World War I by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
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SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.
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Book Review: 'Warburg In Rome'

Alan Cheuse reviews Warburg in Rome, a new book from James Carroll.
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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.
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Bookend: CIA By Day, Spy Novels By Night

CIA analyst Mark Henshaw says people in his line of work often fault spy thrillers for inaccuracy. So he decided to try his own hand at the genre.

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'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.
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In Mystery Series' W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror

Writer Julia Keller, who grew up in the state, says she surprised herself when she set her novels there. But riverbanks, convenience stores and abandoned coal mines make for perfect crime scenes.
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Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Five years after his death, a new book about the King of Pop written by two of his former security guards provides a new look at the famous — and sometimes infamous — musician's life.

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