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Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter

Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.
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Not My Job: Richard Price (aka Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms

For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.
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'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From'

"A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.
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'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."
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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.
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How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight

In The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.
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25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why anyone would bother to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.
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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

In Daniel Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling — and partly fabricated — memoir.
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Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

In his new memoir, Frank describes how early in politics he feared people would "draw inferences" if he supported gay rights. But his drive to fight discrimination was stronger.
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'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

In their new book, terrorism experts Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger say that the "projection of strength" has lead to the rapid expansion of the self-declared Islamic State.

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