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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.
 
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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Jun 22, 2014 — When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.
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Mar 3, 2013 — No one's perfect, especially in literature. Author Julie Wu's favorite protagonists are of sound mind and questionable morals. Do you have a favorite character who lacks, well, character? Tell us in the comments.
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Apr 25, 2012 — Kevin Wilson's "strange and wonderful" debut novel, The Family Fang, arrives, along with Adrian Burgos Jr.'s biography of a colorful Negro League owner, memoirs by hacker Kevin Mitnick and mother of nine Melissa Faye Greene, plus journalist Doug Saunders' look at world migration patterns.
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Apr 13, 2011 — Melissa Fay Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock, weaves another pursuit around writing award-winning journalism: raising her nine children. Her new book shares the story of adopting and raising a family, since she felt "most thickly in the cumbersome richness of life with children underfoot."
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Jan 13, 2009 — In 1974, Hannah Pool was adopted from an orphanage in Eritrea and raised in England. When she was 19, Pool received a letter from a brother in Africa she never knew she had. That eventually compelled her to track down her surviving blood relatives. Pool chronicles the journey in the book, My Fathers' Daughter.
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Jul 26, 2007 — When author A.M. Homes went home for Christmas one year, a "terrifying" message awaited her. Thirty-two years after giving Homes up for adoption, her biological mother was looking to get in touch.
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Jun 2, 2007 — The celebrated author of The English Patient weaves a tale of intersecting lives that takes readers from 1970s California to pre-World War I France in his fifth novel, Divisadero.
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Apr 10, 2007 — Adopted as a newborn, A.M. Homes discovered the truth of her origins when she was 31: She was the child of a young, single woman and her older, married lover. She writes about meeting her birth parents in The Mistress's Daughter.
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Apr 2, 2007 — Novelist A.M. Homes writes about her real life — including her reunion with her biological parents, 31 years after they gave her up for adoption — in a memoir called The Mistress's Daughter.
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