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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:33pm

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:02pm

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.

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Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:29am

Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:03am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:17pm

When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:20pm

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:53am

Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

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Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:42am

Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:15am

Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 1:33pm

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 8:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 8:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 5:03am

If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.

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An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 3:04am

Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.

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Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:53am

Also: Marvel's Thor is now a woman; the origins of cool.

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'Pirates In The Heartland': At Least This Review Is Safe For Work

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:03am

Pioneering underground comic artist (and R. Crumb collaborator) S. Clay Wilson's work is not for the faint of heart — or uneasy of stomach. Volume 1 of a new anthology of his work is out now.

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Jamil Ahmad, Who Published Debut Novel At 79, Dies At 83

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:02am

The Wandering Falcon received high praise and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. (This piece initially aired June 16, 2011 on Morning Edition).

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