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'Country Girl' Edna O'Brien On A Lifetime Of Lit, Loneliness And Love

The Irish writer scandalized audiences with her 1960 novel, The Country Girls. Half a century later, she looks back on her childhood in a small village, her fame and its accessories and above all, her ceaseless drive to write.

Siblings, Seafarers And 'Secrets' In Moviemaker's Novel

Screenwriter, director and producer Chris Columbus has teamed up with young adult novelist Ned Vizzini to write a book about the adventures of Cordelia, Brendan and Eleanor Walker. In House of Secrets, the three siblings, ages 8 to 15, find themselves in a fantastic world after a family move.

Through Art And Industry, Chicago Shaped America

Blues, jazz and gospel; a civil rights movement that began with the Emmett Till case; modern glass and steel buildings that dared the sky. In Third Coast, Thomas Dyja writes that "the most profound aspects of American Modernity grew up out of the flat, prairie land next to Lake Michigan."
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"Payback: The Case for Revenge"

Kojo explores the complexities of revenge, where it's appropriate and how it might be effectively deployed.

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Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

A novel about love, friendship, the pursuit of perfection – and baseball. For this month's Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.


First Western War In Afghanistan Was An 'Imperial Disaster'

In 1839, Great Britain and Russia were playing the world map like a chessboard — and for no reason other than geography, Afghanistan got caught in the middle. In Return of a King, historian William Dalrymple tells the story of Britain's calamitous invasion.

'Let's Explore': David Sedaris On His Public Private Life

The best-selling author and humorist has kept journals for 36 years. Those diaries have been the jumping-off point for the personal essays that appear in his collections, including Me Talk Pretty One Day and now Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.