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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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Jan 17, 2014Life After Life, Kate Atkinson's story about the many lives of Ursula Todd, appears at No. 1.
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Apr 12, 2013 — Debuting at No. 1, Kate Atkinson's Life After Life describes one woman's many incarnations.
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Apr 2, 2013 — In real life, people have to make choices. But the fictional Ursula Todd gets to live out several realities, all set in 20th century Europe. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says Kate Atkinson's playfully experimental novel ends up capturing what life is really like.
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Mar 28, 2013 — During a beach outing with her family when she's 5, a little girl is swept away by a wave and drowns. In another version of that trip, though, an amateur painter swims out and saves her. Ursula's many lives grow in and out of each other in Kate Atkinson's new novel.
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Mar 28, 2013 — Read an exclusive excerpt of Kate Atkinson's new novel, Life After Life. It follows the multiple lives of Ursula Beresford Todd — born on a snowy night in 1910, in one life she dies immediately, but in others she grows and lives against the backdrop of a Britain descending into war.
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Feb 28, 2013 — Set in 1930s Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles, The Teleportation Accident is a sci-fi-noir-comedy mashup overstuffed with astute social observations, high-brow literary allusions and vivid prose. Critic Jennifer Reese finds this freewheeling farce both brilliant and exasperating.
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Jul 25, 2012 — Stephen King returns to the scene of JFK's assassination, while Ali Smith presents an intricate tale of a dinner party gone wrong. In nonfiction, Charles C. Mann reassesses Columbus, Juliet Eilperin investigates sharks, and Paul Hendrickson revisits Hemingway.
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Jun 6, 2012 — Need a ticket to otherworldly adventure? Look no further. Even if you're stuck at home this summer, these captivating fantasy novels offer great escapes — to the lands of dragons, cyborgs, lizard men and elven princesses.
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Jan 23, 2012 — In this satirical debut novel by Jason Heller, former president William Howard Taft gets the Rip Van Winkle treatment and finds himself caught up in a 21st-century election cycle.
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Nov 18, 2011 — Stephen King's 11/22/63, in which a man tries to stop the assassination of JFK, debuts at No. 1.
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