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Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

NPR Books - 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

NPR Books - 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

NPR Books - 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

NPR Books - 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.'

NPR Books - 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'

NPR Books - 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'

NPR Books - 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'

NPR Books - 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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Drew Munro: You say goodbye, and I say hello

Local News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
You may not be able to go back, as the old adage goes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come back. As some of you know, I’m returning as editor of the Sky-Hi News to replace the editor who replaced me when I left for Glenwood Springs about 14 months ago. Now that my head has stopped spinning, I’d like to thank all of you who have given me such a warm welcome. I can’t tell you how many ways Grand County feels like home and how wonderful it is to be back. I’d also like to offer a hearty …

Jon DeVos: I owe it all to Judge Judy

Local News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
Last October, I hit a pothole just outside of Granby causing considerable damage to my wife’s Mini Cooper. This pothole was a big square cut in the road left over from some excavation. Erosion from weekend traffic had worn away the dirt and left a wicked edge exposed, and I hit it with enough impact to blow out both tires on the driver’s side. Reacting immediately, I slammed both eyes shut and squealed like a pre-teen. Nonetheless, my wife tells me that after a harrowing 8-second ride, we somehow landed safely by the side of the road. Happy for life, …

Tonya Bina: Motherhood, journalism: True labors of love

Local News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
I was a month into my job as editor at the Sky-Hi when, having just learned I had a baby and was working full-time, someone said smugly and with a hint of judgment, “You’re really living the American dream!” It resonated with me in an uncomfortable way. I value the opportunities for women and work, but the dream varies among us. Not everyone who chooses to work full-time in the first year of having a baby is putting selfish career goals before family. For many, it’s about putting family first, rejecting that strong desire to stay home with child and …

Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:29am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Crime: ‘The Forsaken,’ by Ace Atkins, and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:24am
In Ace Atkins’s “The Forsaken,”

‘This Blue,’ by Maureen N. McLane

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:24am
From urban pigeons to the Adirondacks, Maureen N. McLane celebrates the intricacies of the natural world.

‘The Great Glass Sea,’ by Josh Weil

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:24am
The lives of Russian twins diverge in the post-Soviet years in this first novel.

Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:18am
Paperback books of particular interest.

‘Bicentennial,’ by Dan Chiasson

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:58am
Dan Chiasson’s new collection evokes the father he never knew.

‘Midnight in Europe,’ by Alan Furst

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:57am
The hero of Alan Furst’s new espionage novel risks his life for the loyalists in the Spanish Civil War.

‘The People’s Platform,’ by Astra Taylor

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:57am
The Internet was hailed as a digital democracy, but has resulted in inequities and concentrations of power.

Gabriel Chevallier’s ‘Fear’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:45am
Gabriel Chevallier’s autobiographical novel about serving on the front lines of World War I.

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