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'Wallflower' Film Puts Adolescence On Screen

Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks to novelist Stephen Chbosky, who has written and directed the film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The story follows a shy, high school freshman who becomes friends with upperclassmen who are also social misfits.
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In 'Mad River,' A Friendly Cop Tackles Rural Crime

Author John Sandford has written almost two dozen novels and thrillers, most of them as part of the "Prey" series. In his latest book, detective Virgil Flowers sets off into the rural countryside, where, as Sandford says, "every once in a while, things turn ugly, and when they turn ugly, they turn very ugly."
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Defending Israel At The Border Of Adulthood

Shani Boianjiu was just 18 when she, like most Israelis, served a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. She's drawn from her experiences as a teenage soldier in her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Turns 50 (In Human Years)

A big dog celebrates a big birthday this year: Norman Bridwell's beloved Clifford was born in 1962. Bridwell says he was "shocked" when it was accepted for publication. "I'd never written anything before," he says.
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The Haunted Life Of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini

Boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won the championship his fighter father never could — but his life was marred by tragedy when he defended his title against a South Korean boxer who died after the match. A new biography of Mancini describes how his life changed after that fateful fight.
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"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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