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King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

The British monarch ruled at a time of civil war — and was blamed for much of the bloodshed. In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer tells the story of the men who signed the king's death warrant.
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Book Review: 'The Evening Chorus'

Alan Cheuse reviews The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphries.
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Philip Levine Reads 'What Work Is'

Former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine died on Saturday at the age of 87. In Levine's memory, we air his reading of the poem "What Work Is."
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'Party Like A President' Recalls Mixology, Mischief Inside Oval Office

In his new book, author Brian Abrams chronicles the drinking habits and debauchery of former presidents.
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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

In his six-decade career, Levine found grace and beauty in the lives of working people, especially the people and places of his youth. He was a United States Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
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In His Latest Book, Neil Gaiman Offers Readers A 'Trigger Warning'

Trigger warnings caution readers to tread carefully and Neil Gaiman encourages those who pick up his latest collection of "short fictions and disturbances" to do the same.
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'The Room' Offers An Escape From The Office — Or Does It?

Swedish actor and playwright Jonas Karlsson ventures into fiction with The Room, a surreal tale of a dour bureaucrat who finds a tiny secret room at his workplace, a room which may or may not be real.
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'Strange Fruit' Shares Uncelebrated, Quintessentially American Stories

Have you heard of Bass Reeves? Richard Potter? Spottswood Rice? "Box" Brown? If not, illustrator-historian Joel Christian Gill says, you're missing out on some of the best stories in American history.
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A Berkeley Student Comes Home In 'Braggsville,' With Consequences

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.
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Dangerous Freedoms And Fading Memories In 'Find Me'

Imagine a future where an epidemic that erases memories (and eventually kills) takes over the country: That's the setting for the first novel from celebrated short story writer Laura Van Den Berg.

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