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'Whipping Boy' Is Part Memoir, Part Crime Thriller

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:03am

Allen Kurzweil's new book Whipping Boy starts out as the story of his obsessive 40-year search for the boy who bullied him at boarding school — but it becomes something much deeper and stranger.

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Exclusive First Read: Scott McCloud's 'The Sculptor'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:03am

Understanding Comics creator Scott McCloud is sometimes called the "Aristotle of comics" for his analysis of the medium. The Sculptor, a meditation on love, art and death, is his first graphic novel.

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A 'Guantanamo Diary' From A Prisoner Still On The Inside

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:06am

In the first memoir from a prisoner still being held at Guantanamo, Mohamedou Ould Slahi tells how he went from his native Mauritania to joining al-Qaida in Afghanistan to the U.S. prison in Cuba.

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Heavily Redacted, Detainee's 'Guantanamo Diary' Goes On Sale

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:06am

Renee Montagne talks to Larry Siems, editor of Guantanamo Diary, and Nancy Hollander, attorney for its author, Guantanamo inmate Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

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Book Club: Hector Tobar Answers Your Questions About 'Deep Down Dark'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:17am

Tobar says it was a "great honor" to interview the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. They lived "one of the great adventure stories of the 21st century," he says.

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Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:59pm

It's been more than four decades since Burton Malkiel published A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Eleven editions later, Malkiel hasn't wavered in his mantra of patience and broad investing.

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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:30am

While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.

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Dark, Disturbing And Playful, 'Seventh Day' Takes On Modern China

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:03am

In Yu Hua's new novel, a recently dead man decides to attend his own funeral and ends up wandering a strange sort of afterlife, full of characters whose stories reflect the troubles of modern China.

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A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:57pm

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his life and asks: Could a family's constant movement — four countries in four generations — contribute to a mother's struggle with mental illness?

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