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Judy Blume: "In The Unlikely Event"

Judy Blume is the best-selling author of “Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret” and “Forever.” Her latest novel – just out in paperback – is set in the 1950s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The author tells us why this novel was the book she was meant to write.

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Parenting Pitfalls: Renegades, Privilege And Putting On The Boxing Gloves

Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting.
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'Rolling The R's' Is A Story About Coming Of Age And Coming Out

Rolling the R's tells the stories of restless teenagers in the disco era in a gritty neighborhood in Hawaii. Author R. Zamora Linmark discusses the book's impact, 20 years after it first came out.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Adventurer Says 'Walking The Himalayas' Wasn't About 'Sticking Flags In Peaks'

Levison Wood, who previously walked the length of the Nile River, has now trekked 1,700 miles, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, along the Himalayan mountain range.
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From Alaska To The Himalayas, 'Voyager' Embarks On Self-Discovery

NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Russell Banks about his new book, "Voyager." It's a collection of travel writing that also reads like a memoir.
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Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.
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Family, Life As An Asian-American And Seeking 'Shelter' With Author Jung Yun

In one of the latest of our WAMU In Your Bookstore series, The Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Ruth Tam asks author Jung Yun some questions on behalf of her mom — who was a fan of the book.

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Presidents, First Ladies And 'The Extraordinary Life Of Mrs. Adams' With Louisa Thomas

The current presidential cycle is sensational in many ways, but also old hat for American politics in others. In one of our latest WAMU In Your Bookstore events, producer Tayla Burney talks elections with Louisa Thomas in the context of the life of First Lady Louisa Adams.

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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

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