Books

1:40am

Tue March 5, 2013
Author Interviews

'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:56 am

This Dec. 26, 2004, photograph shows a trail of destruction in the southern Sri Lankan town of Lunawa after tidal waves lashed more than half of Sri Lanka's coastline.
Sena Vidanagama AFP/Getty Images

On Dec. 26, 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala was vacationing with her husband, her two sons and her parents in Yala, Sri Lanka. The day was just beginning when she and a friend noticed that something strange was happening in the ocean. Within a matter of minutes, the sea had wiped out life as she had known it. In a new memoir, called simply Wave, she recalls her experience with the tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, including her own family.

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1:38am

Tue March 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Skipping Out On College And 'Hacking Your Education'

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:18 am

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The cost of college can range from $60,000 for a state university to four times as much at some private colleges. The total student debt in the U.S. now tops credit card debt. So a lot of people are asking: Is college really worth it?

There are several famous and staggeringly successful college dropouts, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison. You may not end up with fat wallets like them, but Dale Stephens says you can find a different education path.

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4:59am

Mon March 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'New Yorker' Plagiarist's Book Pulled From Shelves

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:17 am

Jonah Lehrer attends a panel discussion in conjunction with the World Science Festival in 2008.
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1:07pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Author Interviews

Time Rules In Jamaica Kincaid's New Novel, 'See Now Then'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 6:44 pm

Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont.
Kenneth Noland Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Author Jamaica Kincaid is out with a new novel, her first in 10 years.

Kincaid is perhaps best known for her books At the Bottom of the River and The Autobiography of My Mother. Her new book, See Now Then, tackles some difficult themes.

The novel opens with a scene of a seemingly idyllic home life in small-town New England. But it is soon clear the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet is anything but sweet.

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6:36am

Sun March 3, 2013
Author Interviews

Secretly Working To Win The War In 'Atomic City'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 6:48 am

Before the fight to win women equal footing in the workplace, there was the fight against Hitler and Hirohito. In the depths of World War II, everyone in America had to pitch in, men and women alike. And in 1943 the government offered war jobs, lots of them, in a town called Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Where is it on a map? What do they do there? What will I do there? The government didn't give any answers to those questions — and still the recruits, many of them young women, streamed in.

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