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Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

Monday, September 01, 2014

The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.

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For Anniversary, A New Chapter Of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

Monday, September 01, 2014

The chapter describes the Vanilla Fudge Room, an extra room in the chocolate factory. In it, Charlie Bucket goes to the factory with his mother – not his grandfather. The book turns 50 this month.

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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

Monday, September 01, 2014

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

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Morning Edition

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

Monday, September 01, 2014

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Invisible By Poverty and Invisible By Profession

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Robert's Court and the Constitution. Bringing the stories of the world's poorest to light. War stories from a trauma surgeon. The hidden world of invisible professionals.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The One Billion Who Live on a Dollar a Day

Monday, September 01, 2014

What it's like to be among the poorest of the poor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Structural Engineers Who Keep Our Buildings Up, and Other Invisible Professionals

Monday, September 01, 2014

Fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, structural engineers. In an age of constant self-promotion, anonymous work remains integral to public successes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tales from a Trauma Surgeon: From War Zones to Inner City America, to Saving the Life of Gabby Giffords

Monday, September 01, 2014

The doctor credited with saving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life in 2011 talks about working as a surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in inner-city LA and Washington, DC.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lasting Impact of the Roberts Court and the Changing Interpretations of the Constitution

Monday, September 01, 2014

Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe looks at how the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and examines the court’s recent rulings.

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All Things Considered

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Sunday, August 31, 2014

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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WNYC News

Token, Bagel, Dust: The 101 Objects That Make NYC

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new book and exhibit highlight some of the objects that define the history of New York City.

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All Things Considered

The Other Rock History

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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All Things Considered

In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

Friday, August 29, 2014

An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.

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