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Decades In The Senate, McConnell Learns To Play 'The Long Game'

Mitch McConnell has been a U.S. senator since 1984. The Long Game is the behind-the-scenes memoir of a man famous for his discretion. Steve Inskeep talks to McConnell about the Senate and his book.
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After 'Fargo' Noah Hawley Writes 'Before The Fall'

David Greene talks with Noah Hawley, the creator of TV's Fargo, about his novel Before the Fall. It's rooted in what Hawley views as a very real human desire to create narratives to explain tragedies.
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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission — and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.
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Judy Blume: "In The Unlikely Event"

Judy Blume is the best-selling author of “Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret” and “Forever.” Her latest novel – just out in paperback – is set in the 1950s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The author tells us why this novel was the book she was meant to write.

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Parenting Pitfalls: Renegades, Privilege And Putting On The Boxing Gloves

Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting.
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'Rolling The R's' Is A Story About Coming Of Age And Coming Out

Rolling the R's tells the stories of restless teenagers in the disco era in a gritty neighborhood in Hawaii. Author R. Zamora Linmark discusses the book's impact, 20 years after it first came out.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Adventurer Says 'Walking The Himalayas' Wasn't About 'Sticking Flags In Peaks'

Levison Wood, who previously walked the length of the Nile River, has now trekked 1,700 miles, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, along the Himalayan mountain range.
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From Alaska To The Himalayas, 'Voyager' Embarks On Self-Discovery

NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Russell Banks about his new book, "Voyager." It's a collection of travel writing that also reads like a memoir.

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