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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.
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The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.
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The Serious History Of Hocus Pocus In 'Penguin Book Of Witches'

In Colonial America, a witch was not a Halloween costume, but a criminal. NPR's Rachel Martin revisits this moment in history with Katherine Howe, editor of the new Penguin Book of Witches.
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Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."
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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.
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The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'

Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.
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40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well

In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."
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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
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Leading From Behind: The Importance Of Being Number Two

Richard Hytner spent his career climbing the corporate ladder, but as CEO, he realized he was both miserable and uncomfortable with the mounting responsibilities. In a new book, Hytner examines the realities of leadership and the importance of the advisers who keep those at the helm happy.

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