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Ghachar Ghochar embodies the "fear of falling into economic and moral ruin." Marian Carrasquero/NPR hide caption

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'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety

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George Saunders' first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Marian Carrasquero/NPR hide caption

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George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

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'Perfect Little World' Imagines Family Drama Inside A Utopian Compound

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'A Really Good Day' Recaps A Month-Long Adventure Of Microdosing LSD

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Betty Fussell Doesn't Mince Words In The Frank, Funny 'Eat, Live, Love, Die'

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The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

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Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

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Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

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Eleanor Roosevelt, shown here in London in 1959, continued to work on behalf of progressive causes after her tenure as First Lady ended. J. Wilds/Getty Images hide caption

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Volume 3 Of Eleanor Roosevelt Biography Chronicles The Rise Of An Activist

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Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

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A Coming-Of Age Melodrama Is Steeped In Social Politics In 'The Mothers'

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A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

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'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

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A First Year College Student Finds Himself Outclassed In 'Loner'

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Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Is Both Dazzling And Draining

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