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An ancient tablet contains records written in Linear B — a script that was discovered in the 19th century and remained undeciphered for decades. Sharon Mollerus/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

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Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) are plenty difficult themselves on AMC's Breaking Bad, one of many cable shows Brett Martin discusses in his book. Frank Ockenfels/AMC hide caption

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Aerialist Lillian Leitzel came from a family of performers. In 1905, she toured Europe as part of the Leamy Ladies circus attraction, which included Leitzel (far left), her aunts Tina and Toni Pelikan, her mother Nellie Pelikan, and Lily Simpson. Dean Jensen's collection/Courtesy Crown Publishing Group hide caption

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Steamy Novel An 'Education' In Youth, Love And Mistakes

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Carole King is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Richard Drew/AP Photo hide caption

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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

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"These thing that were a part of me before the crash, are still present in me" - Joshua Prager James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.

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Can Infidelity Make A Relationship Better?

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In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old. Danny Clinch/Grand Central Publishing hide caption

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Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

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Little Green opens in 1967 and follows Easy Rawlins' search for a young man who disappeared after visiting the Sunset Strip, seen here in 1966. HF/AP hide caption

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Louise Monaghan was previously a senior travel consultant. She's currently a full-time mother. Courtesy St. Martin's Press hide caption

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A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

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Punter Kluwe Muses On Life, The Universe And 'Sparkleponies'

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