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6:03 am
Thu September 13, 2012

'Lose Her' Finds Power In Resonant Voices

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:49 am

Great fiction is built around characters that follow the fruitless and wrongheaded paths they're offered, which is how readers savor safe passage into someone else's impetuosity. Yunior, who first appeared in Junot Diaz's debut collection, Drown, is the narrator in several of the stories in the Pulitzer Prize–winning author's third book, This Is How You Lose Her. Yunior is now middle-aged, middle-class, a self-described sucio struggling to mature into adulthood and not succeeding particularly well.

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Books
6:03 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New In Paperback Sept. 10-16

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:34 am

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Mat Johnson, Hector Tobar, Ayad Akhtar, Mike Birbiglia and Steven Brill.

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Around the Nation
5:28 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Man Tries To Pay For Beer With Bartender's Card

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Strange News
5:27 am
Thu September 13, 2012

A Hair-Raising World Record

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 7:26 am

A man in Japan wanted to make it into the Guinness book of world records. He considered trying to drink the most hot sauce, but settled on a spikier record. His hairdo — a mohawk — stands 3 feet, 8.6 inches high.

Food
4:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

McDonald's To Post Calories On Menu Boards

Beginning next week, McDonald's plans to add calorie counts to its menu boards — both at drive-thrus and restaurant counters. Studies suggest that calorie boards alone don't change consumers' purchasing patterns. But consumers do seem to take note, and public health experts say it's one tangible step to helping consumers make healthier choices.

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