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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jun 26, 2014 — Joshua Ferris' darkly comic new novel centers on a faith-doubting dentist who finds his identity's been stolen by a strange religious group. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it stirring and deeply felt.
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Jun 17, 2014 — In Joshua Ferris' third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist wrestling with his atheism. Ferris says his character, like all dentists, is "chronically misunderstood."
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Sep 15, 2010 — Fall fiction blows in with Nick Hornby's novel of a music-obsessed British lad and his sensible girlfriend, E.L. Doctorow's romp through the 20th century with the highborn but hoarding Collyer brothers, Jeannette Walls' scrappy bush-pilot grandmother, and more.
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Feb 15, 2010The Unnamed is a book about a man afflicted with a debilitating condition — a compulsive need to walk until he collapses from exhaustion. Author Joshua Ferris, who also wrote Then We Came To The End, says he wanted to examine the nature of illness.
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Feb 4, 2010 — Tim Farnsworth, a partner at a Manhattan law firm, has been beset by a mysterious condition — a compulsion to walk until he collapses from exhaustion. Like its protagonist, Joshua Ferris' new novel moves resolutely forward with a fixed, trancelike purposelessness.
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Jan 26, 2010 — Joshua Ferris (Then We Came To The End) studies the monster within in The Unnamed. Lush language limns a Soviet childhood of privation and paranoia in A Mountain of Crumbs. Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz's Freefall lays blame for the financial failure. And Crash Course tracks the American auto industry "from glory to disaster.
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Sep 29, 2009 — Although the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says working in an office is his idea of hell, he admits loving fictional portrayals of the workplace. He talks with Steve Inskeep about some of his favorite literary takes on office life.
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Aug 13, 2007 — In May, Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl pored through her shelves and pulled down several books that she said are read by a few but deserve wider attention. Well, there are more where they came from. Pearl is back with another armload of what she calls "under-the-radar" books.
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Jul 24, 2007 — Joshua Ferris' novel begins just as the economic boom of the 1990s is beginning to head south. Nancy Pearl says the book, which explores the meaning of work and identity, made her "feel good about the state of contemporary fiction."
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Apr 23, 2007 — Novelist Joshua Ferris makes his debut with Then We Came to the End, a satire about life in a Chicago advertising agency. Ferris' short fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices, and Prairie Schooner.
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