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As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.
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Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.
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In 'Patrimony' Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father

Patrimony is a nonfiction account — almost a diary — that Roth wrote about the last years of his father's life. Author Ben Dolnick calls it one of Roth's best and most surprising books.
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Daisy Hernandez: "A Cup Of Water Under My Bed"

A new memoir about growing up a bisexual Cuban-Colombian woman in an immigrant family outside New York City.

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Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet

In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says.
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9 Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You're Welcome)

Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."
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James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.
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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.
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'Neverhome' by Laird Hunt

Kojo talks to Laird Hunt about the unlikely heroine of his critically acclaimed book "Neverhome," and her odyssey across some of history's grizzliest battlefields.

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Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

Seuss died in 1991, but a new collection of his lesser-known work comes out Tuesday. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories includes four tales Seuss originally wrote as magazine columns.

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