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  • Review: 'Bad Paper' by Jake Halpern
    Review: 'Bad Paper' by Jake Halpern

    When a person stops paying his credit card bill, the lending bank has 180 days to collect on what is owed before it is required, by law, to "charge off" the account and file it as a loss. Soon afterward, the bank will sell the rights to collect on the debt to one of the 9,599 debt...

  • Jonathan Eig on 'The Birth of the Pill'
    Jonathan Eig on 'The Birth of the Pill'

    Of all the inventions of the 20th century, the birth control pill arguably had the most profound effect on the everyday lives of human beings. By making widely available a convenient and effective form of contraception, the pill gave women control over their reproductive lives and, in the...

  • National Book Awards 2014 shortlists announced

    The National Book Foundation announced the shortlists for the 2014 National Book Awards on Wednesday. There are five finalists each in four categories: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young adult literature. The complete list is below.

  • Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Prize

    Richard Flanagan is the 2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize for his novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North." The award, worth about $85,000, was announced Tuesday at a gala ceremony in London and broadcast by the BBC.

  • Review: 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande
    Review: 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande

    Three-quarters of the way through "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," Atul Gawande pulls back his carefully stitched curtain of reporting and research to relate the story of his father's decline and eventual death. Atmaram Gawande was in his early 70s when a...

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