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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · After the Liberian government ordered a quarantine of one of the poorest neighborhoods in its capital, Monrovia, residents there woke up to find themselves cut off from the rest of the city by security forces. By midday, the neighborhood was in riot.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Sep 26, 2013 — In his new memoir, Julian Barnes contemplates 19th century photography, the metaphorical exhilaration of ballooning and the sudden death of his beloved wife. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is beautifully written, if a little disjointed.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Portraits of a Marriage by Sandor Marai and George Szirtes. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Apr 20, 2011 — Novelists Aimee Bender and Adam Ross both use food as a key to the nuances of family and marriage, while historian Alison Weir and comic writer Seth Grahame-Smith rip some bodices. In nonfiction, Jeff Goodell explores the controversy over geoengineering as a solution to climate change.
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Feb 17, 2011 — Back in print after 70 years, Sandor Marai's gorgeous Hungarian novel about infidelity and shattered love still resonates with surprises.
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Jun 18, 2010 — Years ago, writer Adam Ross' father told him a disturbing story involving a morbidly obese second cousin and a deadly peanut. Now, Ross has transformed that tale into a dark, debut novel, Mr. Peanut, which dramatizes the case of a man who may or may not have killed his wife via legume.
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Aug 17, 2009 — Rafael Yglesias' novel is inspired by his wife, Margaret, who died in 2004. A Happy Marriage spans their three-decade relationship, from their courtship to her battle with cancer.
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Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
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Jul 9, 2008 — Rivka Galchen's debut novel opens on a psychologically dark and stormy night: "Last December a woman entered my apartment who looked exactly like my wife." Reviewer Barrie Hardymon says the emotionally devastating novel "hits like a thunderbolt."
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Jun 24, 2008 — Best known for his novel The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer explores the hidden secrets of one suburban, 1950s couple in his new book, The Story of a Marriage.
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