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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

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Amy Tan (pictured with her family in 1959) found startling information about her parents while sifting through a treasure trove of family papers. Courtesy of Amy Tan hide caption

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Amy Tan Revisits The Roots Of Her Writing Career In 'Where The Past Begins'

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Tom Hanks Is Obsessed With Typewriters (So He Wrote A Book About Them)

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From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

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Tape worm pills were once advertised as a way to stay thin. Courtesy of Workman Publishing hide caption

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

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Mortician Explores Cultures' Many Paths For 'Sacred Transition' Of Death

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Joseph Lister directing the use of carbolic acid spray in one of his earliest antiseptic surgical operations, circa 1865. Bettmann Archive hide caption

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'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

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75 Years Later, A Look At The 'Life, Legend, and Afterlife' Of 'Casablanca'

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'The Year I Was Peter The Great': A Young American In Soviet Russia

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On his podcast, Marc Maron (pictured here in Los Angeles in 2013) often asks guests what their parents do. "It's a very defining thing," he says. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Marc Maron On Robin Williams, Barack Obama And Learning To Be A Good Listener

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'Red Famine' Revisits Stalin's Brutal Campaign To Starve The Peasantry In Ukraine

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Poet Rupi Kaur: 'Art Should Be Accessible To The Masses'

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In 1960s New York, Witchy Women Learn 'The Rules Of Magic'

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Out Of Bounds: Jen Welter On Breaking Barriers In Football

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In 'Manhattan Beach,' Jennifer Egan Dives Deep Into WWII New York City

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New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

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Going into Town includes a section on New York City's infamous water bugs, which are even bigger than cockroaches. Roz Chast/Bloomsbury hide caption

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Cartoonist Roz Chast Draws A 'Love Letter' To New York City, Cockroaches And All

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A Scholar And His Octogenarian Dad Take On Homer's 'Odyssey'

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James McBride Says Fiction Writing Allows Him More Freedom

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Jeffrey Eugenides Calls Short Stories 'Maddening' — And Now He Has A Collection

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