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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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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.
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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.
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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?
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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.

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