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Burma

Aug 17, 2014 — Richard Flanagan's new novel follows a Tasmanian-born doctor, captured by the Japanese during WWII, who ends up caring for prisoners of war working on the notorious "Death Railway."
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Jul 25, 2014 — Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.
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Sep 26, 2012 — Condoleezza Rice remembers her time in the Bush administration, Michael Lewis and Thant Myint-U discuss the world's economies, Michael Moore recounts his journey toward becoming a filmmaker, and Toni Morrison collects essays about censorship and the power of literature.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Feb 17, 2011 — It can be a frightening feeling, being out of place. Entering someone else's world and having to learn the ropes is a daunting task. Granta editor Ellah Allfrey recommends three books about encountering other cultures, from the extraterrestrial to the multicultural.
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Aug 3, 2010 — As a librarian and a reader, Nancy Pearl scours the shelves in search of hidden treasures — titles you may have missed. Her findings include two chilling thrillers, one exquisite 1960s memoir, a lively biography of George Orwell, an example of historical fiction at its very best, and much more fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
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Jun 6, 2008 — In his new book, Brendan I. Koerner recounts the almost unbelievable tale of Herman Perry. An African-American soldier serving in Burma, Perry became the subject of the greatest manhunt of World War II.
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May 28, 2007The Lizard Cage is a harrowing piece of fiction — with a lyrical streak — about inmates and jailers in a Burmese prison. Karen Connelly's novel first appeared in Canada and was named as a finalist for last year's Kiriyama Prize for fiction, which goes to outstanding works about the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
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Jan 16, 2007 — Historian Thant Myint-U is a former U.N. official and a native of Burma. His new book, The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma — part memoir, part history — explores the problems plaguing the country.
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