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To Do Well In Life, You Have To 'Read Well'

Author Walter Dean Myers is the nation's latest ambassador for young people's literature. The two-year post is something like a youth version of poet laureate. As a young man in Harlem, Myers hid his books so no one would know he liked to read. David Greene talks to Myers about his appointment and what he wants to accomplish.
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Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

The orphaned German shepherd was found in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. Writer Susan Orlean details how he became one of the biggest film stars of the silent era in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.
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A Self-Published Author's $2-Million Cinderella Story

No one wanted to publish Amanda Hocking's novels, so she put them online. For a long while, she'd sell one or two books a day. Then, in June, it exploded. She's now part of an elite literary club: authors who have sold 1 million books on the Amazon Kindle.
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'Orphan': A New Novel Imagines Life In North Korea

In The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson sensitively imagines life how ordinary North Koreans struggle to endure work camps, professional torturers and the repressions of an all-powerful state.
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'Man In The Middle': Between Faith And Politics

Tim Goeglein worked as a staffer in the George W. Bush White House for nearly eight years. In his new book, The Man in the Middle, Goeglein describes his tenure and the role of religious faith in politics.

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