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As book bans surge, LGBTQ+ library employees say the workplace no longer feels safe

Claire Lombardo’s ‘Same As It Ever Was’ delves into a longtime marriage

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How the Civil War spurred the animal welfare movement

Ann Powers was writing Joni Mitchell’s life story. She found her own.

How George Marshall’s quiet genius for planning helped the US win world wars

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In ‘Sipsworth,’ a mouse helps a widow conquer loneliness

Walls haven’t stopped immigration. Is society ready to explore open borders?

Today’s immigration was set in motion by past US actions, a journalist argues