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Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

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Novel's Main Character Has Four Strings And Lots Of Glamour

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When Art Imitates Life: Veteran CIA Officer Writes Second Spy Novel

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Author Mark Ribowsky describes Otis Redding as "bigger than the music he sang, because of how he sang and interpreted it during the most traumatic, metamorphic decade in history." Volt Records / Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover

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Joseph Kim was born in North Korean in 1990, and he came to the United States in 2007. Currently, Kim attends college in New York City. Martin Bentsen /Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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North Korean Defector Reflects On Life 'Under The Same Sky'

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Bringing Tales Of WWII To American Radios And Bookshelves

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Brahma Kumaris fill Will Hodgkinson's suburban living room on a Saturday in 1982. Liz Hodgkinson /Courtesy of Will Hodgkinson hide caption

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How Bad Risotto Led To A House 'Full Of Yogis': A Critic's Childhood Story

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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

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Thomas Dunne Books

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

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Mat Johnson is the author of Pym, Drop, Hunting in Harlem and The Great Negro Plot as well as several graphic novels including Incognegro, Dark Rain and Right State. Meera Bowman Johnson hide caption

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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

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'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

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