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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.
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#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

Also in this week's #NPRReads, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's elementary school teacher recalls the Boston bomber, a profile of Ohio's governor, Judaism in South Dakota and putting a face on the refugee crisis.
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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.
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Six Weeks In World War I Transformed How Wars Are Fought

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with historian Diana Preston about her book A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare.
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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.
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Bookend: How Life In Washington Fostered A Book About Detroit

In our ongoing series about Washington's literary scene, we talk with debut novelist Angela Flournoy about her book The Turner House.

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Book Review: 'The New World'

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews the novel, The New World, by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz.
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How NASA's Space Race Helped To Integrate The South

Writers Richard Paul and Steven Moss's new book is called We Could Not Fail. It's about the first African-Americans to work for NASA. They profile 10 African-American scientists and engineers.
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Pedro Martinez On 2004 Red Sox: 'We Were A Laughing Group'

Pitching great Pedro Martinez, who helped end the Boston Red Sox World Series drought, talks about his new memoir Pedro.

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