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Coloring Books for Adults Top Amazon’s Best-Seller List

The best-selling book on Amazon.com in the U.S. right now is not Harper Lee’s new novel or a title from George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” but a Scottish illustrator’s coloring book for adults.

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The Dig

Cynan Jones’ powerful new novel uses the idea of the badger and the sett—its den—as an allegory “for the way we try to create a safe space for ourselves and the things we care for, and how some external force can break into and destroy that.”

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‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America

Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is especially poignant to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads.

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Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics

The members of 47SOUL came together to play traditional Arabic street music with an electronic twist and a warm message to their audience that they “don’t care where you’re from,” so long as you listen.

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Trevor Noah Chosen to Replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ Despite Calls for Female Host

Sure, Trevor Noah has proved he can make Americans laugh at themselves during his recent segments on “The Daily Show,” but what happened to all the great female comedians who were up for the job?

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The Buried Giant

A new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels defy classification, is set in a medieval wilderness, complete with dragons and wizards. But as in all his invented worlds, what interests Ishiguro is the abiding human heart.

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How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

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Being Mortal

Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that “as people’s capacities wane ... making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives. ... When should we try to fix and when should we not?”

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‘Shock Wave’: A Compelling Poem About the Boston Marathon Bombings

Leslie McGrath’s poem gives us an intimate look into a person’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the April 15, 2013, tragedy.

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The Missing 43

This exclusive excerpt from “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,’ ” gives a harrowing account of how 43 Mexican students disappeared last year.

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