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Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist John Updike

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'Ghost Of The Innocent Man': A Story Of 24 Years Of Wrongful Imprisonment

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The Consequences Of Anti-Vaccination In 'Keep You Safe'

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'The Burning Girl': Girls Who Make Each Other Who They Are

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Love And Cruelty Are Bound Together In 'My Absolute Darling'

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A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking hide caption

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A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

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Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of a series of six autobiographical novels called My Struggle, as well as the novels Out of the World and A Time for Everything. Sam Barker/Penguin Press hide caption

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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

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'What She Ate': The Culinary Biographies Of Some Remarkable Women

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Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies At 91, Also Known For Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

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'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

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'Young Jane Young' Is A Political Sex Scandal, Told Through Women's Eyes

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Little Richard performs during a halftime show at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 31, 2004. Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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'Good Booty' Explores A Century Of Music, Sex And American Culture

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Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In 'Fierce Kingdom'

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

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