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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
 
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Nineteen fifties

Feb 22, 2013 — Appearing at No. 14, John Irving's In One Person is a novel of love, loss and sexuality.
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Jan 29, 2013 — In softcover fiction and nonfiction, John Irving explores teen lust; Denise Mina delivers a murder mystery; David Maraniss looks at the young Barack Obama; Robert Kagan defends U.S. sovereignty; and Susan Cain stands up for introverts.
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Oct 7, 2011 — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy says his best writing features his New York hometown. His latest book, Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, is no exception. "There's a richness of Albany that I couldn't possibly exhaust," says Kennedy, who is now 83.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Indignation by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jan 28, 2010 — Author Gail Godwin's novel, Unfinished Desires, spins a tale of love, envy and reckoning at a Catholic girls' school in North Carolina. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says the book is a "spellbinding psychological ghost story, near operatic in intensity."
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Mar 3, 2009 — Not always nice, the characters in The Piano Teacher are always interesting. The novel tells a romantic tale of smoky mysteries, near misses, two-faced villains and secretive lovers.
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Feb 1, 2009 — Inspired by a memory of a young boy she saw 30 years ago in West Virginia, Jayne Anne Phillips' new novel, Lark & Termite, has drawn comparisons to The Sound and the Fury.
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Jan 6, 2009 — Maureen Corrigan reviews Jayne Anne Phillips' Lark & Termite, a novel that weaves together the story of an American soldier fighting (and dying) in Korea in 1950, with that of his family struggling with their loss nine years later.
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Sep 15, 2008 — The late-period novels of Philip Roth — arguably, America's greatest living writer — have unflinchingly chronicled the perils of old age. But vibrant youth is at the center of Roth's newest work, making its hard truths all the more resonant — and crushing.
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