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How To Revive The Worn Out Cliche

Are cliches always tired? Not necessarily! NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Orin Hargraves, author of It's Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Cliches.
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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Make Us Human

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.
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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.
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Australian Cyberthriller 'Amnesia' Echoes Julian Assange Story

Peter Carey's novel opens as a hacker's computer virus is unlocking prison cells around the world. He says, "Assange was the reason I started writing the book, but I didn't want to write about [him]."
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'West Of Sunset' Imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Years In Hollywood

Author Stewart O'Nan says that in the late '30s, Fitzgerald was at the bottom of a bad spiral. But in Hollywood, "he finds himself again: He finds his love of writing, he finds his love of the world."
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In 'Partisan Divide,' Former Congressmen Look For Answers

Robert Siegel speaks with former Congressmen Martin Frost and Tom Davis, co-authors of the new book The Partisan Divide, about the new Congress and how political differences might be bridged.
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Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.
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Book Review: 'Descent' By Tim Johnson

Alan Cheuse reviews Descent by Tim Johnson.
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D.C. Author George Pelecanos Writes What He Knows In 'The Martini Shot'

In his new collection of short stories and a novella, Pelecanos explores crime, adoption and writing from an African-American point of view. He says he's "aware of the responsibility" to get it right.

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A Place That Can't Exist Again: Blondie's New York

Chris Stein's photos in Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk Rock document a city that is barely recognizable today.

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