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The Forgotten Female Sniper Who Killed 75 Nazis

Read an excerpt from Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich's breathtaking new book, 'The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II'.
Svetlana Alexievich
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My Hunt for the 400-Year-Old Shark Whose Flesh Gets You High

'Shark Drunk' is an engrossing new memoir about shark fishing in the Arctic Circle that's 'Moby Dick' meets Knausgaard's 'My Struggle.'
Morten Strøksnes
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Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War

Read a crushing excerpt from ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,’ a new book of oral histories compiled by Wendy Pearlman.
Wendy Pearlman
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The Beauty and Terror of Passing as a Woman

Transitioning from male to female was empowering – but the harassment that followed taught me new things about power and womanhood.
Gabrielle Bellot

The Secret Anti-Landlord Origin of Monopoly

The celebration of cutthroat capitalism was intended as a lesson against wealth inequality.
Tristan Donovan

My Life as a Trans Fraternity Bro

Having your frat brothers raise more than $20,000 to pay for your top surgery shows that life can be full of surprises.
Donald Collins

The Strange, Subversive Roots of the Adult Coloring Book Craze

'The Executive Coloring Book' was a desperate cry for help about soulless corporate culture that wound up accidentally launching an industry.
J. W. McCormack

Read These Brilliant Short Stories by Texas Prison Inmates

Fiction from 'Pen-City Writers,' a literary journal made and written by the incarcerated that's giving prisoners healing, hope, and a voice.
Kevin Murphy, Jason Gallegos, and Jose Garcia

George Saunders Thinks Empathy Can Still Save Us

The celebrated author is "doubling down" on art and empathy with his brilliant debut novel, 'Lincoln in the Bardo.'
James Yeh

Cannibalism Isn't as Edgy as You Think

Zoologist Bill Schutt's new book takes the bite out of Western taboos that consider eating another person the worst thing you could do.
Lauren Oyler
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'Virgin and Other Stories' Is a Brilliant Book About Sex and God in the South

We caught up with debut author April Ayers Lawson to talk about her beautifully disturbing new collection of stories.
David Gordon
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Funny Writers of Color Are Finally Being Taken Seriously

Paul Beatty's Man Booker-winning novel 'The Sellout' is part of a new wave of very funny, very serious literary works.
Rajeev Balasubramanyam