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Should Ray Rice Get A Second Chance? 'Maybe,' Parcells Says 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:16:00 -0500 
    In part two of David Greene's conversation with Bill Parcells, the football coach talks about how he dealt with players' drug use and about redemption for the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:15:00 -0500 
    In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:11:11 -0500 
    In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.

In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:21:44 -0500 
    Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:39:52 -0500 
    The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

Low-Key, Real-Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two' 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:03:00 -0500 
    Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.

A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order' 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500 
    Samantha Shannon's richly detailed follow-up to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

Parcells' Book Details Highs And Lows Of His NFL Coaching Career 
  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:03:00 -0500 
    Bill Parcells recently recounted his life and career in a memoir, Parcells: A Football Life. David Greene sits down with Parcells to talk about his legacy, and the challenges the league faces today.

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:35:00 -0500 
    Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:03:00 -0500 
    New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500 
    Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How to Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."

After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye' 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:34:00 -0500 
    Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.

'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500 
    Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace.

'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:00 -0500 
    In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:00 -0500 
    Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.
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