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The kitten Hank was infected with fleas and a deadly feline virus before Hannah Shaw took her in. Hank became the cover model for Shaw's new book on neonatal kitten care, Tiny but Mighty. Andrew Marttila and Hannah Shaw/Penguin Random House hide caption

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How Hannah Shaw, The 'Kitten Lady,' Rescues The Most Fragile Felines

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Elizabeth Acevedo, Amanda Alcantara and Danyeli Rodriguez del Orbe are this week's guests on Alt.Latino. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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3 Afro Dominicana Writers Reflect On Their Truths

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Sister Helen Prejean has written a new memoir called River of Fire, detailing her spiritual life before her activism against the death penalty. Michael Lionstar/Random House hide caption

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Sister Helen Prejean On Witnessing Executions: 'I Couldn't Let Them Die Alone'

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When author Andrea Davis Pinkney decided to write a book about a sit in, her husband Brian Pinkney asked, "How am I going to illustrate this, Andrea? They're just sitting." She told him: "Well, honey ... I'm sure you'll think of something." And he did. The lunch counter in Sit-In "takes on a life of its own," she says: It's a roller coaster, it's a road, it's a character in the story. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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The Pinkneys Are A Picture Book Perfect, Author-Illustrator Couple

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Téa Obreht's Latest Is Steeped In The Supernatural — Also, There Are Camels

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A view of a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill., circa 1955. A new book explores the complicated bond between Americans and fast food. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'New Yorker' Writer Fears We're Fooling Ourselves In The Internet's 'Trick Mirror'

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Growing Up In Appalachia Is 'The Great Riddle Of My Life,' Says 'Marilou' Author

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Our Language Is Evolving, 'Because Internet'

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'Cities Are Resilient,' Says Baltimore Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

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Looking Back At Human History, Archaeologist Suspects 'We're 51% Good'

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It may plague your summer peaches and plums, but the fruit fly is "one of the most important animals" in medical research, says conservationist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson. Sefa Kaya/500px Prime/Getty Images hide caption

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Bugged By Insects? 'Buzz, Sting, Bite' Makes The Case For 6-Legged Friends

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Real Disappearances Are The Premise For Laura Lippman's 'Lady In The Lake'

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'Lager Queen' Author Was Tired Of Caricatures Of Midwestern Women

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Different parts of the brain aren't always in the same stage of sleep at the same time, notes neurologist and author Guy Leschziner. When this happens, an individual might order a pizza or go out for a drive — while technically still being fast asleep. Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Getty Images hide caption

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From Insomnia To Sexsomnia, Unlocking The 'Secret World' Of Sleep

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In 'Beijing Payback,' The Immigrant Experience, But Make It A Crime Thriller

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In 'Queen Of The Sea,' The Story Rides On Goatback

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We All Watch In Our Own Way: A Critic Tracks The 'TV Revolution'

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New Thriller 'The Chain' Has An Origin Almost As Exciting As Its Plot

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Angela Saini, author of Superior: The Return of Race Science. Henrietta Garden hide caption

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Is 'Race Science' Making A Comeback?

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