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A Portrait Of The Cartoonist And Her Mother

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel follows her 2006 book about her father with a new memoir, Are You My Mother? It weaves together stories of her own life with the theories of British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott — with a cameo from Virginia Woolf.
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'Finding Ultra': The Ultimate Athletic Test

The Ironman World Championship takes place this fall in Hawaii. Host Rachel Martin talks with super-endurance athlete Rich Roll, who has competed in several ironman and ultraman competitions. He's the author of Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.
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A Quest For Roots Uncovers Ordinary People

Lawrence Jackson went through most of his life not knowing much about his family history, but when he had a child, he wanted to pass along a family tree. His search took him across Virginia, where he found out more than he ever expected.
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Author's Tweets Give New Meaning To Short Fiction

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan tweeted a science fiction story from the New Yorker fiction Twitter account (@NYerFiction) this week. In the story, Egan takes a character from her novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and sets her in a futuristic world in which she is a female spy. Host Scott Simon talks with Egan about the first time The New Yorker has serialized fiction on Twitter.
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'Istanbul': A Twisted Tale Of Foreign Espionage

In Joseph Kanon's new spy thriller, Istanbul Passage, former intelligence aide Leon Bauer is caught in the complexities of post-World War II life, in a story of moral compromise and shifting loyalties.

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