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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property.
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Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).
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Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."
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How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.
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Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.
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Günter Grass, Nobel-Winning Author Of 'The Tin Drum,' Dies At 87

Grass was one of Germany's leading intellectuals after World War II, but admitted in 2006 that he had served in the Waffen SS. News of his death was announced by his publisher.
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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.
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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's once-controversial poem. A group of musicians and actors put on a show in Los Angeles this week in celebration of Ginsberg and his iconic poem.
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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.
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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.

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