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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:24pm

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property.

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'Cold Silver' Drags Epic Fantasy Through The Mud, Wonderfully

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:15am

Alex Marshall (a pseudonym for an established author taking an epic new path) creates a memorable heroine in Cobalt Zosia, a retired general who's drawn back into blood and struggle against her will.

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'Gutshot' Is Gloriously Grand Guignol

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:03am

Amelia Gray's new story collection is brimming with gore, guts, madness and deviance. Reviewer Colin Dwyer says Gray is reclaiming a place in literature for our bloody, clumsy, inconvenient bodies.

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Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:01am

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).

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Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:40pm

The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."

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