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Veteran Authors Look To Reclaim The Story Of War

A new generation of veteran novelists are trying to navigate the pressure to be spokesmen for all veterans while simply trying to write good literature.
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'Brazillionaires' Tracks An Economic Collapse Through The Eyes Of The Rich

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Alex Cuadros about his book, Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.
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Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

As a child, Whitehead was surprised to learn that escaped slaves did not ride an actual subway. His new novel follows Cora, a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north.

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Novel Explores The Fierce And Frenzied World Of Competitive Gymnastics

Megan Abbott's new book takes readers deep into the intense, vacuum-sealed universe of young female gymnasts and their parents. Critic Maureen Corrigan says You Will Know Me is worthy of a gold medal.
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'Imperial Wife' Trains Its Spotlight On Powerful Women, Past And Present

Irina Reyn's new novel focuses on two women in difficult marriages. Though they're centuries apart, both relationships are tied to the strong woman's struggle to fulfill gender expectations.
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Words Of Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds writes "slice-of-life stories" for youngsters. For our "Next Chapter" series, he talks about packing up his belongings in trash bags and moving to New York City to become a writer.
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New Novel Takes 'The Underground Railroad' Beyond The Metaphor

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Colson Whitehead about his new book, The Underground Railroad, in which slaves ride a a real railroad through time to see racism in different eras.
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Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Tamora Pierce

She's the YA author behind the fantasy series Song of the Lioness and The Immortals. For the Weekend Edition series "Next Chapter," she recalls how college helped her escape small-town poverty.
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'Little Prince' Adaptations Aren't Easy — Just Ask Orson Welles

In 1943, the legendary filmmaker tried (and failed) to turn Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book into a movie. Director Mark Osborne got considerably further. His adaptation hit theaters on Friday.
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What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Keret's memoir, The Seven Good Years, spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father, who was a Holocaust survivor. Originally broadcast June 16, 2015.

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