Appearing at No. 13, The Map of Heaven examines people's near-death experiences alongside beliefs about the afterlife.

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Someone, Alice McDermott's story of a young Irish-American woman in Brooklyn, appears at No. 9.

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In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande argues against the premise that medical practitioners should always aim to extend life. It debuts at No. 3.

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Audie Cornish speaks with Frank Ciulla about a poignant letter cherished by his family. It was written after his father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

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The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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