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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA
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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir
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Barbra Streisand does a lot of singing on transit — over the course of Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Yentl and Hello Dolly (above) she sings aboard a train, a plane, a taxi a tugboat, and an ocean liner. 20th Century Fox/Chenault/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You
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Black demonstrators run down a Natchez, Miss., street in 1967 after a report that several white youths with a gun were near. The town's civil rights past informs author Greg Iles' crime fiction. AP hide caption

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past
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To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee
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Guy Pearce aboard his time machine in the 2002 movie version of H.G. Wells' classic novel. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel
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"When there is danger, when there is destruction, we kind of feel like we're on the edge of life, fully alive, and that can really bring out some strong prose," says author Mitchell Zuckoff. iStockphoto hide caption

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Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism
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The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, revives the comic book hero the Green Turtle. Sonny Liew/Courtesy of First Second Books hide caption

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Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?
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In addition to her 15 novels, Nadine Gordimer authored several volumes of short stories and nonfiction. Radu Sigheti/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions
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Was "I think I can" the great-grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but some versions of the story feature a male protagonist instead. Platt & Munk, Penguin Young Readers Group hide caption

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In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero
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