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'Maud' Doesn't Quite Live Up To Its Heroine's Example

6 hours 32 min ago

Lucy Maud Montgomery — creator of Anne of Green Gables — seems like the perfect subject for a work of young adult fiction. But Melanie Fishbane's Maud feels like a draft of a Montgomery story.

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Michael Bloomberg And Carl Pope On 'Climate Of Hope'

8 hours 29 min ago

Rachel Martin speaks with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former chairman of the Sierra Club Carl Pope about how cities should respond to climate change. Their book is Climate of Hope.

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Now You Can Own JFK's Personal Reflections On History, For A Hefty Price

8 hours 32 min ago

As a young journalist seven decades ago, John F. Kennedy witnessed a bombed-out Berlin and Adolf Hitler's bunker. Bidding on his diary starts Wednesday and is expected to top $200,000 Wednesday.

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'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:09

The Facebook executive lost her husband in 2015. She says, "Rather than offer to do something, it's often better to do anything. Just do something specific." Her new book is called Option B.

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Gripping Comics Memoir 'Hostage' Puts You In The Room Where Nothing Happens

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:12

Cartoonist Guy Delisle departs from the first-person travelogue format which has won him acclaim to chronicle the true story of a man kidnapped and detained for months in the Caucasus region in 1997.

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Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:44

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.

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'Anything Is Possible' Is Unafraid To Be Gentle

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:00

Elizabeth Strout's new novel-in-stories is a welcome salve for troubled times. A companion volume to last year's My Name is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible looks at the people Lucy grew up with.

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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:27

Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.

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A Watergate Villain Walks Into A Berkeley Restaurant. What Could Go Wrong?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:30

A new film profiles influential chef Jeremiah Tower. When one of the most hated men in U.S. politics walked in for dinner at Berkeley's famed Chez Panisse, where Tower worked, a colorful scene ensued.

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For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:42

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.

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'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:41

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.

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'Janesville' Looks At A Factory Town After The Factory Shuts Down

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:53

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about her book Janesville: An American Story, that's about a factory town in Wisconsin that lost its lifeblood when its factory shut down.

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'Thunder In The Mountains' Tells Tragedy Of Two Strong, Opposing Leaders

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:53

Daniel Sharfstein's new book Thunder In the Mountains sheds new light on the Nez Perce Indian wars, and the two historical figures on each side of the conflict: Chief Joseph and Oliver Otis Howard.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Among A Resurgence Of Dystopian Literature

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:07

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a best-seller list after the 2016 election. We reread the dystopian classic to prep for a new TV miniseries that begins next week.

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In Ann Brashare's Latest, Two Kids From A Fractured Family Meet At Last

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:07

The author behind the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series writes from experience — her parents divorced when she was young, and she says the divisions remain "to this day."

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David McCullough's Collected Speeches Will Give Your 'American Spirit' A Boost

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00

Speeches in book form are a reliable cash cow for publishers, and tend to fall into the "last minute gift idea" category. But David McCullough's new The American Spirit is a happy exception.

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Author Alison MacLeod Tries To Find Humor In Terrorism

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:14

In her new book of short stories, Alison MacLeod spins biography, news stories and family history into surreal fiction. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks her about All the Beloved Ghosts.

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Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:14

Kate Moore's new book digs into the short, painful lives of the Radium Girls, who worked painting luminous dials on watches and clocks — and were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they used.

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Wanting More From 'Imagine Wanting Only This'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 04:00

Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.

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'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:24

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.

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