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By the Book: What Sells vs. Critical Darlings

The literary novel praised by respected critics at numerous news outlets languished on your nightstand. But the book with an eye-catching cover that didn't get much ink, but came recommended by a friend in a sci-fi book club, kept you riveted. That's one of many reasons best-sellers and buzzworthy books don't always match up. We consider the cultural factors that bring a book to readers' attention and what it takes for a title to keep it.

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The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

Hanoi and Washington hope to strengthen economic and defense ties, especially in the wake of Beijing's construction on a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
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Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

Ellen Pao said the company had "screwed up" not only in the way it handled the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, the key figure in the r/IAmA section, but "also over the past several years."

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