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'The Last White Man' spins a deft, if narrow, fantasy about identity

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Tom Sturridge as Dream in Netflix's The Sandman. Liam Daniel/Netflix hide caption

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The Penguin logo is visible on the spine of a book. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster to block the companies from completing a merger valued at $2.175 billion. Tim Ireland/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Authors and bookstore owners worry a big publishing merger will affect diversity

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Why do so many bikes end up underwater? The reasons can be weird and varied

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A bag of assorted pills and prescription drugs is dropped off for disposal during the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 24, 2021 in Los Angeles. Patrick T. Falon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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New book chronicles how America's opioid industry operated like a drug cartel

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PEN literary service award recipient Stephen King attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on May 22, 2018, in New York. Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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FILE - A sign urges the release of the monkeypox vaccine during a protest in San Francisco, July 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File) Haven Daley/AP hide caption

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Why protecting the 'viral underclass' can keep us all healthy

After years of covering HIV and AIDS, journalist Steven Thrasher knew that the hardest hit communities were almost always the poorest and most marginalized ones. Then COVID-19 struck, and he saw that the same groups of people were suffering the most.

Why protecting the 'viral underclass' can keep us all healthy

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In a new memoir in verse, Alora Young traces the lives of generations of Black women

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How to know when you spend too much time online and need to log off

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Many of Megan Miranda's thrillers make nature — the deep woods or a steep trail — a central and often menacing character. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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How do you write a captivating thriller? This author found clues in the woods

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Penguin Random House

The immersive novel 'Tomorrow' is a winner for gamers and n00bs alike

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Briana Scurry blocks a penalty shootout during overtime of the Women's World Cup Final against China at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., July 10, 1999. The U.S. team won 5-4 on penalties. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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A brain injury cut short Briana Scurry's soccer career. It didn't end her story

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Jon Auvil, center, receives an Ernest Hemingway bust and congratulations after he won the 2022 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Left of Auvil is Joe Maxey, the 2019 winner, and at right is Fred Johnson, who won in 1986. It was Auvil's eighth attempt in the annual contest. Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP hide caption

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Jaquel Spivey and the cast of "A Strange Loop" perform at the 75th annual Tony Awards on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption

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