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Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

Fenton Johnson says that while alone, people can "find the richest possible ways of being in the world." He's lived alone for more than 20 years. His Harper's article describes his pursuit.
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A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

In 2011, George Hodgman visited his mother Betty for her 91st birthday in Paris, Missouri. When he saw she needed care, he left Manhattan to live with her. But she still hasn't accepted that he's gay.
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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.
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Forget Big Sky And Cowboys: 'Crow Fair' Is Set In An Unidealized Montana

"I think there's only one interesting story ... and that's struggle," says writer Thomas McGuane. Loners, outcasts and malcontents fill the pages of his new short story collection Crow Fair.
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Author Explores The Ripple Effects Of A Kidnapping In Mexico

In his collection Barefoot Dogs, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho offers varying perspectives on the kidnapping of a Mexican patriarch. He asks: "How do you reach closure when someone you love has disappeared?"
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Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

Lynda Blackmon Lowery was a child when she joined the 1965 march. She's written a book for young readers about the experience. This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 17, 2015.
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Broken Family Needs To Have A 'Man At The Helm'

In Nina Stibbe's new novel, Man at the Helm, Lizzie, 9, wants to find a man for her newly divorced mother. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Stibbe about the freedom of writing in a child's voice.
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The Lusitania Mystery: Why British Codebreakers Didn't Try To Save It

The ocean liner's sinking by a German U-boat led to the U.S. entering World War I. Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake, says British intelligence knew the ship was in danger and didn't tell anyone.
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'Bowling Alone' Author Tackles The American Dream

American political scientist Robert Putnam says we've lost sight of America as the land of opportunity. NPR's Scott Simon talks with him about his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
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A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

Gordon co-founded Sonic Youth with Thurston Moore. When their marriage broke up in 2011, so did the band. Gordon talks about rebuilding her life, writing her memoir and her new band Body/Head.

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