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Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It

Also: Leon Panetta is writing a book; Alexander McCall Smith buys some islands.
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Foster Families Take Center Stage

Neda Ulaby looks at a new summer drama about foster families, which — perhaps surprisingly — strikes real foster kids as getting a lot of things right.
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Book News: Apple Vs. DOJ As Ebook Price-Fixing Trial Begins

Also: the Women's Prize gets a new sponsor; the best books coming out this week.
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Arthur Geisert's 'Thunderstorm' Celebrates Life On The Prairie

The award-winning children's book author has written more than two dozen books set in the American heartland. He's most famous for his intricate illustrations of the Midwest — sprawling prairie, family farms and his signature mischievous pigs.
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Mapping 'The World' Of A Remote Afghan Village

Journalist Anna Badkhen chronicles life in a small Afghan village in her new book, The World Is A Carpet. A village of 240 people, Oqa survives on an old-time tradition of carpet weaving. Residents earn about 40 cents a day for carpets that eventually sell for $5,000 to $20,000 abroad.
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Three-Minute Fiction Readings: 'Litter' And 'The Shirt'

NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Litter by Kalad Hovatter of Orange, Calif., and The Shirt by Jennifer Anderson of Shorewood, Wis.
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Detroit Museum Not The First To Consider Selling Out

The financially troubled city of Detroit is eyeing the sale of its prized artworks, which include paintings by van Gogh. In recent years, a number of museums have brought in millions by selling off art. Such sales invariably trigger protest but can proceed unless there's some legal violation involved.
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Summer Travel Tips Of The Frugal Kind

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin gets some money-saving travel tips from Seth Kugel, who writes the Frugal Traveler column in The New York Times.

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