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Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:30am

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.

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Günter Grass, Nobel-Winning Author Of 'The Tin Drum,' Dies At 87

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:08am

Grass was one of Germany's leading intellectuals after World War II, but admitted in 2006 that he had served in the Waffen SS. News of his death was announced by his publisher.

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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 3:50pm

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.

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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:19am

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.

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Meditating On Maisie Dobbs, Our Favorite Intuitive Detective Psychologist

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:00am

This trip in the Time Machine, we're looking back at Jacqueline Winspear's well-loved Maisie Dobbs books. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says there are interesting times ahead for the nurse-turned-sleuth.

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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 3:27am

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.

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A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 4:08pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.

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