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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to protect it. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.
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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.
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Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge'

Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.
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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld disputes such claims and says it treats whales with respect.

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'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case

Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.
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Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.
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After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization

A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.
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Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter

Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.
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Not My Job: Richard Price (aka Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms

For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.

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