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Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Writer And LGBTQ Activist, Dies At 48

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The author founded a platform for young Kenyan authors and came out as gay in a place where homosexuality has long been illegal. "Binyavanga was unbound in his imagining," said a friend and colleague.

He Could Go 'All The Way': Joe Namath Enters His 4th Quarter

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In a new autobiography, the great NFL quarterback details his ups (like a Super Bowl victory) and downs (like the Suzy Kolber incident and alcoholism), as he stares down his legacy.

Herman Wouk, 'The Jackie Robinson Of Jewish American Fiction,' Dies At 103

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Wouk was famous for writing The Winds of War, Marjorie Morningstar and The Caine Mutiny, which won a Pulitzer Prize. He also helped popularize themes that writers like Philip Roth later tackled.

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The Lavish Roman Banquet: A Calculated Display Of Debauchery And Power

A new book profiles 10 prominent emperors who helped shape the destiny of Rome. Part of their legacy includes wild stories of hedonistic banquets, when luxury ruled even as plebeians went hungry.

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'Love Is A Thing That Everyone Wants,' Says Author Of 'The Sun Is Also A Star'

A Jamaican teen threatened with deportation falls in love over the course of a single day in the film adaptation of Nicola Yoon's bestselling young adult romance novel.

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From The Gridiron To Multigrid Algorithms In 'Mind And Matter'

MIT mathematician and former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has a new memoir out about how he combined his two very different talents into a successful and varied career.

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Rachel Barenbaum's 'A Bend In The Stars' Tells A Tale Of Injustice And Romance

Barenbaum says she was inspired by the story of Albert Einstein's race to prove his theory of relativity. The novel digs into questions of philosophy, time, and whether rules are meant to be broken.

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In 'Once More We Saw Stars,' Grief And Love Together

Jayson Greene's young daughter died in a tragic random accident; his new memoir chronicles how he and his wife and his wife got to a place where they understood they could still experience joy.

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In 'Unspeakable,' A Journalist Gives Silence An Investigative Treatment

As a teenager, Harriet Shawcross retreated into silence for a year. As an adult, she set out to understand why people speak, and why they don't, in a new book.

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'All The Rage' Isn't About Moms Having It All — It's About Moms Doing It All

Psychologist Darcy Lockman says there's been progress since the 1950s, but equal partnerships are a long way off. Her book All the Rage explores uneven distribution of childcare and domestic labor.

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Did This Novel About LSD Trials Get It Right? We Ask Someone Who Was There

T.C. Boyle's Outside Looking In fictionalizes Timothy Leary's hallucinogenic drug experiments in the 1960s. A graduate student who participated says Boyle did a "great job describing the zeitgeist."

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'With The Fire On High' Cooks Up A Powerful Message

Elizabeth Acevedo follows up her National Book Award-winning The Poet X with this story of a young woman juggling high school, single motherhood, and work while dreaming of becoming a chef.

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In 'The British Are Coming,' Rick Atkinson Turns His Gaze To The American Revolution

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian says there are lessons from the Revolution that hold true even today, 244 years after the shot heard 'round the world.