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Ashley

5 'Hidden' Truths about Women’s Critical Roles in the War in Afghanistan by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The author of Ashley's War outlines some hidden truths about women's role in Afghanistan.

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Shamed

They Had It Coming: Social Media and the Age of Shame

"We’re tearing people apart for lesser and lesser crimes. It’s robbing us of our empathy." So You've Been Publicly Shamed author Jon Ronson shares his thoughts on the book and social media's role in modern degradation.

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Take Two Now and Call the Drug Dealer in the Morning

The rumblings about the dangers of the prescription painkiller OxyContin are getting louder every day, and for good reason. In Dreamland Sam Quinones brings us the shocking true story of an opiate epidemic that starts at doctors' offices in our nations suburbs and heartlands and leads to a new breed of efficient and competitive heroin dealers. We asked the author a few questions piquing our curiosity about this crazy-but-true story...

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The Secrets of Carriage H

Sara Says...Check Out This Kindle Single

You know how, sometimes, when there’s a big public event – usually a disaster, but not always – say, an accident, some happening around a celebrity or maybe a royal wedding – you’re riveted to the news wherever you can find it...

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Cowed

Would You Like Some Cow in That Lipstick?

Odds are, it's already there. Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes explore everything bovine--including everything you didn't want to know--in Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment. Plus some classic Earth Day reads, new and old.

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Cactus Ed and the Hippie-Hater: An Illustrated Tale of Two Haircuts

Can you judge a book by its cover? All the Wild That Remains author David Gessner contrasts two icons of Western literature--Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner--starting at the top with the most conspicuous, if superficial, difference: their chosen hairstyles.

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The Light of the World

Art Fixes Life in Time: Elizabeth Alexander on "The Light of the World"

Elizabeth Alexander, an acclaimed poet perhaps best known for the poem she delivered at Barack Obama’s first inauguration, grieves the loss of her beloved husband in the earthy and elegiac, The Light of the World...

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Curious

Curiosity Made the Cat

"I like the process of curiosity as a tool to build a bigger life for myself."

Film and television producer Brian Grazer (24, Apollo 13, Empire) talks to Amazon about his inquisitive nature, how "curiosity conversations" have contributed to his success, and how we all might benefit from asking a few thoughtful questions.

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Notes from the Legal Pot Underground

What happens when weed-skeptical journalist Bruce Barcott investigates the growers, sellers, and users of the brave new world of legalized marijuana? He emerges with changed opinions, a good book, and a bunch of really strange souvenirs.

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Unabrow

"Self-Consciousness Can Be Crippling"...and Funny: Una LaMarche on "Unabrow"

I recently heard a talk given by vulnerability and shame expert, Brené Brown--to be vulnerable is to also be courageous, she said, something that Una LaMarche--author of Unabrow--would be comforted to know (not to mention the rest of us)...

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