Dinaw Mengestu is also the author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978, his family immigrated to the U.S. 1980. He now lives in New York City.
Republican senatorial candidate Dino Rossi talks to supporters at his campaign office in Everett, Wash., on Tuesday. Rossi is challenging Democratic Sen. Patty Murray for her seat.
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