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The author's early life is explored in a magnificent biography

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Berlin murder tale with a Gothic touch is a guilty pleasure

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Gross's descriptions of sickness and family life are raw, honest, yet unexpectedly positive in their message to love life for what it is, not for what you hoped it to be

Mohammedou Ould Slahi has been held in Guantanamo without charge for 12 years

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