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Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.
The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.
Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?
CEO Don Thompson is leaving struggling McDonalds. His successor is Steve Easterbrook, the company's chief brand officer.
Seattle Seahawks' star running back Marshawn Lynch, who rarely talks to the media, blends his bad boy personality with his good deeds reputation in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.
If you own a stock, you're betting that the company will be worth more in the future. But there is another kind of bet you can place: A bet that will make you money if things go bad.