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Berlin Wears The Scars Of Its Past All Over

Peter Schneider, author of the new book, "Berlin Now," tells Robert Siegel it will take another generation to unify in spirit what was divided by east and west for so long.
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Bookend: Author Erica Perl On The Challenges Of Writing For Kids

Author Erica Perl says writing a children's book is much harder than you might think.

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French Novelist Patrick Modiano Wins Literature Nobel

The Swedish Academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."
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Literature Nobel Goes to French Novelist Patrick Modiano

The Swedish Academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."
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Nobel Literature Judge Disparages Western Writers - Again

The Nobel Prize for literature is announced Thursday. This year, as the usual speculation about who might win heated up, a Nobel judge, known for his outspokenness, stirred up a little controversy.
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In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Director David Cronenberg's debut novel is about two journalists chasing after sensational stories. This book is admirable in its unflinching gaze and beautiful in its depiction of a twisted reality.
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In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

Marilynne Robinson's fourth novel is a prequel to 2004's Gilead: That book told the Rev. John Ames' family story and this book tells the story of his wife.
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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.
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Panetta: Fight Against Terrorism Will Be A Long, Sustained War

In a new memoir, Leon Panetta says he and other presidential advisers argued to leave some U.S. forces in Iraq after 2011. That might have left Iraq in better position to fight ISIS, he tells NPR.
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The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.

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