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Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song

In the latest installment of our library series, NPR's Bob Mondello visits some notable libraries in popular culture: Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel; Lucien's Library in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; and the stacks in Buffy, Hogwarts, Doctor Who and Fahrenheit 451.
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NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter Owes Everything To Football

Host Michel Martin speaks with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter about his new book Going Deep: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports. He talks about why receivers behave badly, his own shortcomings, and why injuries shouldn't scare people away from football.
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Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

Also: A new short story by Stieg Larsson; Sherman Alexie's mullet; Rebecca Mead on Jane Austen.
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'Love Affairs' Of A Hip, Young Literary Hound Dog

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a debut novel about a sharp and assured young man living among young, aspiring literary types in Brooklyn. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says never before has a novel made her feel so grateful to be middle-aged.
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Book News: Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Recovering From Stroke

Also: A new short story by Zadie Smith; Tom Hanks on typewriters; and the unexpected resurgence of Borders.
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2012 Election Was 'Collision' Between Two Americas

In his new book, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz offers an insider's account of the forces that shaped the political strategies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the flaws and misfires that led to Romney's defeat. He discusses the 2012 campaign and the future of the Republican Party.
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Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky says he's tired of people thinking of poetry as bad-tasting medicine they have to swallow just because it's healthy. His anthology of 80 poems by master poets is designed to help us see poetry as an art "rather than a challenge to say smart things."
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Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road takes readers on a journey along the former Silk Road, looking for the origins of the noodle. But reviewer T. Susan Chang says that the book gets tied into knots when the quest turns cold.
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Talent Or Skill?: Honing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
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Joe Yonan: "Eat Your Vegetables"

Can you be a vegetarian and still be a good traveler, a creative cook and a gracious guest? Kojo chats with The Washington Post's travel and food editor, who recently adopted a vegetarian lifestyle himself.

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