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The award-winning novelist Chibundu Onuzo has lately been thinking about her life in London and her visits to Nigeria, where she was born: "What do I love most about my trips to Lagos? I lose my self-consciousness there. If I stand out, it's for something other than my skin color." David Levenson/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage as he was preparing for a speaking event in western New York on Friday. Grant Pollard/Invision/AP hide caption

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Salman Rushdie off ventilator and talking after stabbing attack

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Published 8 years after her death, Mary Rodgers' memoir is a true tell-all book

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After a career of cracking cold cases, investigator Paul Holes opens up

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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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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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