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Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Strong Inside tells the story of the first black player in college basketball's Southeastern Conference. Wallace says the hard work of integration is "a gritty, dirty, ugly business."
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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal plan.
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Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Katherine Paterson describes the inspiration behind her best-known children's book, as well as tales from her childhood in China and missionary work in Japan, in her new memoir, Stories of My Life.
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Billions Of Years Go By, All In The Same 'Room'

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard McGuire about his arresting graphic novel, Here. It's an austere, profound journey backward and forward in time through the life of a single room.
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Staff Favorite: An Interview With Poet Stephen Dunn

Weekend Edition is picking its favorite interviews of 2014. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to editor Barrie Hardymon about her selection — an interview with poet Stephen Dunn.
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At 86, Poet Donald Hall Writes On, But Leaves Verse Behind

The former U.S. poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays After Eighty, he considers his art, his beard and his experience growing old.
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Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.
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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.
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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.
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Ayn Rand's Novel 'Ideal' To Be Published Next Year

Rand wrote Ideal as a novel in 1934, but didn't like it and set it aside. Later, she reworked it as a play. The New American Library says Ideal will be published in the form in which Rand intended it.

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