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A Journalist Delves Deep Inside 'Putin Country'

Steve Inskeep talks with former NPR foreign correspondent Anne Garrels about her new book Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.
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The Many Masks Of Batman In 'Caped Crusade'

Glen Weldon's book The Caped Crusade traces the evolution of Batman, and argues that his anger and obsession are only part of the character; his childhood anti-crime oath makes him a hopeful figure.
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Mysterious Keys Unlock Surreal Landscapes In 'What Is Yours Is Not Yours'

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade.
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The Untold Stories Of Black Girls

Black girls are suspended from school at six times the rate of white girls. In a new book, Pushout, author Monique Morris tells their stories.

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Whither Bridget Jones? Britain's 'Independent' Newspaper Goes Digital

Helen Fielding's memorable comic creation started as a series of columns in the Independent some 20 years ago; as the paper goes digital-only, Fielding says the next Bridget could come from a blog.
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From Reagan's Cyber Plan To Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'

Fred Kaplan, author of Dark Territory, traces the history of cyber defense into the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.
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Author Amber Sparks Takes Us Into Her 'Unfinished World'

D.C.-based short fiction writer Amber Sparks speaks with WAMU Audience Editor Chris Chester about her new work of short fiction at a recent event at Kramerbooks.

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Helen Simonson: "The Summer Before The War"

The author of the bestselling novel “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” is back with a new work of fiction. "The Summer Before the War" begins in late summer 1914, where life in a sleepy English town is about to change.

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'Hollywood Hoofbeats' Chronicles The Horses That Captured Moviegoers' Hearts

Author Petrine Day Mitchum tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that show business horses have been known to develop an actor's affection for the camera, often coming to life when the director says "action."
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Lee Smith: "Dimestore: A Writer's Life"

Lee Smith began writing stories as a child, selling them for a nickel apiece. The novelist on her new memoir about growing up in a small Appalachian town and how it shaped her life and her literature.

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