"For two days and nights, Odysseus was alone in the wild water. The sea was so rough that he couldn't see beyond the nearest wave. Over and over again, he thought he was going to die." Neil Packer/Candlewick Press hide caption

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Put Down Your E-Reader: This Book Is Better In Print
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Renaissance CSI: Machiavelli-Da Vinci Detective Duo
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British novelist Zadie Smith is also the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty. In her latest book, NW, she lays out a problem for readers: Do people get what they deserve? Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Same Streets, Different Lives In 'NW' London
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Hunting 'Prey' On The Streets Of St. Paul, Minn.
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Vaddey Ratner's novel is derived from her own experiences — she spent four years of her youth working in forced labor under the Khmer Rouge. Kristina Sherk/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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In The 'Shadow' Of Death, Stories Survive
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Edith Wharton moved to Paris in the early 1900s. Not long after, in 1913, after her affair with Morton Fullerton had ended, she divorced her husband of more than 20 years. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University hide caption

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'Age Of Desire': How Wharton Lost Her 'Innocence'
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Mo. College Debates Balance Of Academia, Budget
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Want A Winner? These Books Made The Critics' Cut
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Prelutsky's 'Carnival Of Animals' Poems Meet Music
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Google, Oracle Locked In High-Stakes Patent Battle
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The Gospel, buried with St. Cuthbert in 698, was recovered from his grave in 1104. Its beautiful red leather binding is original. Courtesy of the British Library hide caption

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The St. Cuthbert Gospel: Looking Pretty Good At 1,300
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As NBA Playoffs Near, Teams Grapple With Injuries
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Syrian Ceasefire Is Increasingly Under Threat
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Crisis Intensifies Between Sudan, South Sudan
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Egyptian Panel Bans 10 Presidential Candidates
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