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'Real Romney' Authors Dissect His Latest Campaign

Michael Kranish's and Scott Helman's biography on Mitt Romney — The Real Romney — is now out in paperback with a new afterword. The authors discuss Romney's shift to the right, his faith and his recent comment "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate."
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Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.

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Stories Reach Below The Surface Of China's Growth

Tell Me More looks at literature from the rising BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Of those countries, China may be considered the most powerful. But for award-winning author Yiyun Li, it's China's personal stories that intrigue her. She discusses her book Gold Boy, Emerald Girl with host Michel Martin.
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Michigan Author Dreams Up A Deadlier Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor residents would easily recognize their city in Harry Dolan's crime fiction, but the likeness ends with murder; while Dolan can pack several homicides into each book, the real Ann Arbor is much more peaceful.
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'A Contest Of Wits': A Former Forger Recalls His Art

Ken Perenyi made millions painting and selling more than 1,000 forgeries over 30 years. He's imitated the likes of Charles Bird King and James Buttersworth — and confesses it all in his new book, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger.
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Faith, Family And Forgiveness In 'We Sinners'

Hanna Pylvainen's debut novel is based on her own childhood in a strict and obscure Finnish Lutheran sect. The book follows members of the Rovaniemi family as they struggle with the decision to leave their church — or to stay.
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'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Have you ever boarded a train seeking a little quiet reading time only to be disrupted by the incessant cell phone chatter of a fellow passenger? What to do? Randy Cohen, The New York Times Magazine's original ethicist, explains "the ethics of everything" in his new book, Be Good.
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Struggling With Parenthood In Utopic 'Motherland'

The sidewalks of Park Slope, Brooklyn, are crowded with moms with expensive strollers and organic groceries. For many New York parents, it's paradise. But despite their seemingly perfect lives in the plush neighborhood, the characters in Amy Sohn's Motherland struggle with parenthood and marriage.

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