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Religious fiction

Jul 22, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Laurent Binet plots an escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Hanna Pylvainen explores the fundamentalist religion of her youth. In nonfiction, Seth Rosenfeld explains the FBI's involvement with the 1964 University of California, Berkeley, student protest movement.
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Dec 1, 2012 — Paul Young wrote his first book, The Shack, as a story to share with family and friends about faith and redemption. He printed 15 copies at an Office Depot but has gone on to sell 18 million copies. Now he's written a new book, this time for the world, about faith and transformation.
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May 21, 2008 — Written as a gift for his children and self-published, William P. Young's The Shack became a best-selling Christian novel. Young says God must be involved, because nothing else explains his success.
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Jun 16, 2006 — Excerpted from The Living End by Stanley Elkin, selected by author Sam Lipsyte for his reading recommendation.
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Jun 16, 2006 — Sam Lipsyte, author of the recent comic novels Home Land and The Subject Steve, discusses Stanley Elkin's vision of life, the universe and everything.
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