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    7:23pm Feb 25, 2013
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    Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell

    Fiction is reality and reality fiction in Revenge, Yoko Ogawa's absorbing cycle of interlinked, eerie tales. Readers may detect the shadows of Murakami, Borges and Poe, but, says critic Alan Cheuse, Ogawa's delicious tales cast their own singular spell.
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    5:44pm Feb 24, 2013
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    Historical Fiction Gets Personal In 'Philida'

    Philida, a slave, is promised her freedom by her owner, who is also the father of her children. But the promise is broken and she takes the matter into her own hands, in this novel by acclaimed South African novelist Andre Brink that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
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    6:40pm Feb 23, 2013
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    Craving Solitude In 'Ten White Geese'

    In Gerbrand Bakker's mysterious — and often menacing — story, a Welsh woman seeks refuge from her past. But as she hopes of strength, she is also quickly reminded of her own mortality. Ten White Geese, which was translated from Dutch, has become an international best-seller.
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    The SciFri Book Club Visits "Gorillas in the Mist"

    The book club regulars visit Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey's memoir of her years studying mountain gorillas in a remote African rainforest. Gorilla expert Annette Lanjouw joins the club to give an update on how this endangered subspecies of gorilla is faring.
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    2:39pm Feb 21, 2013
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    Karen Russell's 'Vampires' Deserve The Raves

    The author of Swamplandia! has a new collection of short stories called Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the stories are daring and devastating, and with them Russell establishes herself as one of the great American writers of our young century.
  • Dr. Sam Parnia researches the experiences of cardiac arrest patients who are brought back to life.
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    2:39pm Feb 21, 2013
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    'Erasing Death' Explores The Science Of Resuscitation

    Dr. Sam Parnia researches the experiences of cardiac arrest patients in the time between when their hearts stop and when they are brought back to life. Parnia thinks of these experiences as actual-death experiences as opposed to near-death experiences.
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    Author Katherine Bouton Opens Up About Going Deaf

    After going deaf at the age of 30, writer Katherine Bouton's entire life changed. In her new book, "Shouting Won't Help," Bouton shares how she came to terms with hearing loss, and why more attention needs to be paid to a condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans.
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    6:11pm Feb 20, 2013
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    'The Dinner' Offers Food For Thought

    The novel by Herman Koch is structured around a five-course meal shared by two couples. But it's not all fun and food. What's really going on at this meal is much more gruesome. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the novel offers a fresh, modern take on basic moral questions.