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When Zombies Attack Lower Manhattan

Colson Whitehead's novel Zone One is a post-apocalyptic tale of a Manhattan crippled by a plague and overrun with zombies. He explains that he created the novel, in part, to pay homage to the grimy 1970s New York of his childhood.
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Michael Connelly: L.A. Reporter To Mystery Novelist

It has been more than 20 years since author Michael Connelly first introduced readers to the character who has become a fixture in his best-selling crime novels: Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. We'll tour Los Angeles the way he and Bosch see it. This piece initially aired August 24, 2007 on Morning Edition.
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Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'

Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
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A Network Head Reflects In 'Interview'

Former ABC News president David Westin has written a new memoir, Exit Interview, about his 14 years as a network executive. Westin presided over a period of intense technological change in the news business — and over ABC's blown call on the night of the 2000 presidential election.
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Addict To Activist: How Elton John Found His 'Cure'

The musician describes his life in the '80s as a "drug-fueled haze," but he says he turned it all around after meeting Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. In Love Is the Cure, John recounts his journey from substance abuse to AIDS advocacy.
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African Politics, And Afros, In 'My First Coup D'Etat'

Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama has written a new memoir of growing up during what he calls Africa's "lost decades," the dfficult years after independence. It's not all politics, though: Mahama also writes about enjoying James Brown and traditional village dances.

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