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In Nairobi, A Maasai Detective Pursues Elusive Justice

Richard Crompton wrote his first novel, a crime thriller, to explore the value of justice in the developing world. Hour of the Red God stars Detective Mollel, who is charged with investigating a homicide in a city many still know as "Nairobbery."
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Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place'

Writer Howard Norman's memoir focuses on particular people and moments. His stories contain disturbing incidents, from the murder-suicide of a mother and her young son in his home, to the accidental death of a swan in the Arctic. He also tells of a strange, frightening and humorous Inuit shaman.
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Flying High And Low In 'Full Upright And Locked Position'

In a new book, aviation consultant Mark Gerchick writes that "the magic of air travel has morphed into an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal." He talks about how it's gotten so bad, why there are so many hidden fees and if there actually is less leg room than there used to be.
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'No Regrets': A Murder Mystery, Tangled In Life's Troubles

John Dufresne's new novel is a funny, dark murder mystery set in South Florida. No Regrets, Coyote begins with the murder of a family and an amateur sleuth intent on solving the crime.
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Professor Helps Reveal J.K. Rowling

Crime novelist Robert Galbraith was outed as British author J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter books fame. Reporters were tipped off to Galbraith's true identity by an anonymous tweet, and they turned to an unlikely source to confirm Rowling's authorship: a computer science professor at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University.
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From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

Is it possible that pasta originated in China and traveled west to Italy? Author Jen Lin-Liu travels the historic Silk Road from Beijing to Rome tracing the evolution of pasta and sampling the offerings along the way.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah"

"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.

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Marie Arana: "Bolivar: American Liberator"

Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States.

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London Law Firm Indirectly Leaked J.K. Rowling's Pseudonym

It was revealed this week that the Harry Potter author wrote a detective novel under the name Robert Galbraith. A law firm she dealt with has come forward to say one of its partners let the secret slip to a friend of his wife's, who then tipped off a newspaper.
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From A Story of Evil, A Lesson In Forgiveness

Beverly Donofrio is known for her popular memoir Riding in Cars with Boys, where she wrote about her experience as a teen mom. Now she's out with a new memoir about a life-changing incident in her mid-fifties — she woke up one night to a rapist in her bed. The book is titled Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace. Beverly Donofrio joins host Michel Martin for a Behind Closed Doors conversation.

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