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'The Farm' Is A Terrifying Break From Reality — Or Is It?

Tom Rob Smith's latest thriller is based on his own frightening real-life experience with his mother's mental illness. Smith says he hopes readers will take away something positive from his story.
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A Boy And His Jaguar Speak To Children Who Feel Misunderstood

Alan Rabinowitz grew up with a terrible stutter, but he felt comforted by the big cats at the zoo. Now an accomplished jaguar expert, Rabinowitz tells his touching boyhood story in a book for kids.
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Should Adults Be Embarrassed To Read Young-Adult Books?

Journalist Ruth Graham thinks adults shouldn't be reading young adult books. She speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the criticism she's received for writing that for Slate.
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Filing For Divorce From The World In 'Eyrie'

Tim Winton is one of Australia's most decorated literary novelists. Rachel Martin speaks to Winton about his new novel, Eyrie, where good struggles with evil.
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'Take This Man': Uncovering A Mother's Reinventions

When Brando Skyhorse was 3, he and his mother were abandoned by his Mexican father. So his mother created a new story line for the family, identifying herself and her young son as American Indian.
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A Howling Cur Takes Over 'Mr Dog Bites'

The young adult novel, When Mr Dog Bites, is full of curse words and caused a stir when it was released in the U.K. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Brian Conaghan.
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Swallowed By The Times And The Fate Of 'Great Powers'

Tom Rachman has written a book for book lovers in The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. The best-selling novelist talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the difference between reading and literature.
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Wait A Second ... Is That Hitchhiker John Waters?

The man behind Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco and chronicles the experience in a new book, Carsick. He says as a hitchhiker, "Your job is to talk. Or have sex."
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For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family

At the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, former jockey Donna Barton Brothers will interview the winner on horseback. Now an analyst for NBC, Brothers won more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998.
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'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

In his book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, former activist Charles Cobb Jr. says weapons kept people and communities safe during that era.

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