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'The O'Briens': A Multigenerational Canadian Epic

Peter Behrens' new novel starts with a teen, ends with a railroad magnate, and covers plenty of ground in between. Canada's nation-building is the background of this sweeping family saga.
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I Confess Because I'm A Sinful Man, Author Says

Host Michel Martin talks with author Paul Wilkes about confession, or to be exact, The Art of Confession. That's the title of his new book. He's Catholic, but the kind of confession he calls for doesn't need you and a priest, separated by a thin wall. Wilkes says people of all faiths can have honest conversations with themselves.
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Revisiting John Updike's 'Fresh Air' Interviews

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike would have turned 80 on March 18, 2012. Fresh Air honors the late writer with excerpts from several interviews.
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The Religious Language In U.S. Foreign Policy

Historian Andrew Preston says questions in an undergraduate class he was teaching at the start of the 2003 invasion of Iraq spurred the research for his new book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith. "Once I started looking for religion [in U.S. foreign policy], it was everywhere," he says.
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The Wild And Crazy 'Tweets Of Steve Martin'

Once a social-media skeptic, the legendary funnyman, screenwriter and banjo player now says Twitter is "sort of like heaven." His new book collects his best tweets — and some of the hilarious responses he has received from followers.
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'Emancipating Lincoln': A Pragmatic Proclamation

In a new book, historian Harold Holzer explores the carefully calibrated timing and delivery of Lincoln's ultimatum to the rebellious states. Though the proclamation has been criticized as weak, Holzer says that Lincoln did what he had to do to make the order palatable in a perilous time.

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