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An Oncologist's Pulitzer-Winning Cancer Biography
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I'm On Fire Willie Nillie
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Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin plays Jeanne Marwan, a math instructor who goes on a grim scavenger hunt to piece together her mother's life, in director Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the play Incendies by Quebec writer Wajdi Mouawad. Sabrik Hakeem/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Horror
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Pride Syntax

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This Weekend, HBO Has Something For Everyone
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If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real
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Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

Betsy Lerner writes about joining her 83-year-old mother's weekly bridge club in her new book, which critic Maureen Corrigan calls a "smart and colorful memoir."

Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'
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Music Reviews

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'

The 85-year-old saxophonist's new album features live recordings made between 1979 and 2012. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls Holding The Stage a "mixed bag" with a few "real gems."

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'
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Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

In his new book, somethingtofoodabout, The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says.

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'
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Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

"No matter what we've done there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here?' " Hanks says. He plays an American businessman working in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert in his new film.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'
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Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simpson deepens his range and reconnects country to R&B on his new record, a concept album about becoming a father.

Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'
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