Exclusive First Read: Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life'
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Maya Angelou and her mother, Vivian Baxter. Although it took years, Angelou and her mother eventually developed a close and loving relationship. Random House hide caption

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In A New Memoir, Maya Angelou Recalls How A 'Lady' Became 'Mom'
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In Digestion: Mary Roach Explains What Happens To The Food We Eat
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Exclusive First Read: Meg Wolitzer's 'The Interestings'
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In A World That's Always On, We Are Trapped In The 'Present'
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The Library of America recently published the ninth and final volume of a complete collection of Philip Roth's works, and a new documentary on PBS looks back on his prolific career. Courtesy PBS hide caption

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At 80, Philip Roth Reflects On Life, Literature And The Beauty Of Naps
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Exclusive First Read: 'The Burgess Boys' By Elizabeth Strout
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Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi-American poet who teaches in Michigan. She has published five books in Arabic and two in English. Michael Smith/Courtesy of Dunya Mikhail hide caption

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Revisiting Iraq Through The Eyes Of An Exiled Poet
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James Salter's previous books include The Hunters and A Sport and a Pastime. Corina Arranz hide caption

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Exclusive First Read: 'All That Is' By James Salter
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The cherry, prunus cerasus — specifically, the variety marasca — is the only plant that appears in the Manhattan cocktail in an easily recognizable form. But as author Amy Stewart explains, the maraschino garnish is far from the only horticultural element of the cocktail. See below for the rest of the ingredients in a Manhattan. Koehler's Medicinal Plants/Image courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.botanicus.org hide caption

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'Drunken Botanist' Takes A Garden Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet
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'One Nation Under Stress,' With To-Do Lists And Yoga For All
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