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July 23, 2014 | NPR · A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements.
 
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July 22, 2014 | NPR · Two weeks into the conflict in the Gaza Strip, more than 600 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 29 Israelis have been killed. Two recent Israeli strikes, on a school and a hospital, reflect the scope of Israel's offensive.
 
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Aug 9, 2013The Telling Room, about Michael Paterniti's mission to taste the finest cheeses, debuts at No. 15.
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Mar 22, 2013 — Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prisoner of Heaven, a thriller set in 1950s Barcelona, appears at No. 11.
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Feb 7, 2013 — In the '40s and '50s, Cristobal Balenciaga was an international fashion star — but a lot has changed since then. Fashion writer Robin Givhan says today's fashion world demands that designers "have the personality of a celebrity." That may not have gone over well with the secretive Spaniard.
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Sep 28, 2012 — Ken Follett continues his epic, 20th century series with Winter of the World. It debuts at No. 1.
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Jul 20, 2012 — Carlos Ruiz Zafon's fantastical new novel, The Prisoner of Heaven, debuts this week at No. 7.
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Jul 5, 2012 — Reading The Sun Also Rises as a 12-year-old, author Ben Mezrich realized he wanted to be just like the main character — an alcoholic. Not that he knew what that meant. The book also helped him find his true calling. Have you wanted to be like a character in a book? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Nov 17, 2011 — Not long after Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano died in 2003, his heirs found an unpublished manuscript written more than 20 years ago. The Third Reich chronicles a month in the life of Udo Berger, a young German war game prodigy — and explores the origins of the brutality that lurks within us all.
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Nov 7, 2011 — Lerner captures the sense of everyday life with an unusual focus on thoughts rather than incident, betting on the premise that these thoughts are the events, rather than the stuff in between them.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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May 30, 2011 — Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food — three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers.
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