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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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John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen

The Fault in Our Stars hits cinemas this week, causing mass outbursts of tears. Author John Green based the character on a real-life girl with cancer — and his own feelings of growing up an outsider.
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Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed'

Turan says movies are like friends — they speak to you, and can even change your life. In his new book, he shares some personal favorites, and explains why the magic of the movies endures.
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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.
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After Tiananmen Square, New Lives On A New Continent

After the democracy protests were crushed in 1989, many thought China would turn inward. Instead, a million Chinese citizens moved to Africa. Howard French discusses his book China's Second Continent.
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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.

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