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July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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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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Sep 30, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Mark Helprin sets a romance against the backdrop of midcentury New York, and Ian Frazier presents the journals of a mother who swears an extremely blue streak. In softcover nonfiction, Yael Kohen collects an oral history of women in comedy, and Jon Ronson gathers some funny stories of his own.
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Aug 30, 2013Night Film, Marisha Pessl's cinematic thriller with an accompanying app, debuts at No. 4.
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Aug 22, 2013 In the pages of Marisha Pessl's Night Film, you'll uncover the death of a beautiful woman; her terrifying, filmmaker-father; even a seemingly haunted mansion. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while the book dips into the unsavory and the scary, it stays surprisingly PG.
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Aug 19, 2013 — Author Marisha Pessl turned to technology to enrich readers' experience of her new thriller, Night Film — creating found-footage YouTube films, screen shots of hidden websites, and an app that readers can use to access additional content after scanning an illustration in the book.
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Aug 6, 2013 — In Marisha Pessl's dark, cinematic new novel Night Film, a disgraced journalist takes on a mysterious filmmaker who seems to be a hybrid of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. It's an over-the-top summer mystery, full of twisty plotting and cinematic imagery.
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Nov 11, 2012 — Jon Ronson, the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. His newest book, Lost at Sea, is a collection of true mini-adventures he has written along the way.
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Sep 17, 2012 — Five-hundred feet underground in a coal mine in Ohio, Jeanne Marie Laskas realized how dependent Americans are on the work of "unseen" people. In Hidden America, she illuminates those whose jobs are nearly invisible to most of us, from miners to migrant workers to professional football cheerleaders.
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Apr 13, 2010 — Japan's reki-jo, or "history girls," love learning about shoguns' castles and samurai battles, and they idolize historical figures like rock stars. Some observers believe this is more than just a trend: The reki-jo subculture signals a kind of empowerment.
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Aug 20, 2009 — Books about music are notoriously poor at describing the abstraction and subtlety of a melody, but these three books sing like the real thing.
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Jan 28, 2008 — The Internet has fundamentally changed the nature of human interaction, says critic Lee Siegel. In his latest book, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, Siegel argues for a more evolved online universe.
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