The Sandman: Overture explores the back story of the central character, Orpheus, to explain how he wound up in captivity at the start of The Sandman. Courtesy of DC Entertainment hide caption

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has spent a total of six months in space. In his new book, he writes that getting to space took only "8 minutes and 42 seconds. Give or take a few thousand days of training." NASA/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company hide caption

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Barnes & Noble is one of several stores that have refused to carry Amazon Publishing's books. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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J.D. Salinger wrote nine letters and postcards to aspiring Canadian writer Marjorie Sheard. Graham Haber/The Morgan Library & Museum hide caption

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Rachel Reynolds Luster became the Myrtle, Mo., librarian four months ago. The town rests in the rural Ozarks, about 5 miles north of the Arkansas state line. The nearest major bookstore is two hours away. Jennifer Davidson/KSMU hide caption

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On both sides of the Atlantic, the 1920s saw strict gender roles bend — and break — as new kinds of relationships were tested in life and literature. Here, British actor Leslie Henson and his wife Madge Saunders show off the spirit of subversion in November 1920. Brooke/Getty Images hide caption

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John Foster Dulles (right) is greeted by his brother Allen Welsh Dulles on his arrival at LaGuardia Field in New York City in 1948. Jacob Harris/AP hide caption

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Malala Yousafzai speaks to NPR's Michel Martin while on tour for her new book, I Am Malala. Abbey Oldham/NPR hide caption

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An employee walks through an aisle at's 1.2 million-square foot fulfillment center in Phoenix, Ariz., in November 2012. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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