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Two Dead Writers Come Alive In New Collections

Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.
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Charles Blow's Memoir Reveals Incidents Of Sexual Abuse And Violence

In a new memoir, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow opens up about abuse he has suffered, and inflicted in his life. He tells Michel Martin why he told his story in Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
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'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.
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Book Review: 'Once In The West'

Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."
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For Single Women, An 'Infinite Variety Of Paths'

Getting married used to mark the start of a woman's adult life. But the average age women get married has gone from about 22 to about 27. The shift, says writer Rebecca Traister, has been profound.
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Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.
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Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.
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Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid'

The new book by Matt Bai explores the political resonance of Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were dashed when he revealed he had an affair.
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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

Richard Blanco, who read "One Today" at Obama's inauguration in 2013, explores the collision of sexual, artistic and cultural identity in his new memoir about his childhood in Miami.
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'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.

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