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Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky says he's tired of people thinking of poetry as bad-tasting medicine they have to swallow just because it's healthy. His anthology of 80 poems by master poets is designed to help us see poetry as an art "rather than a challenge to say smart things."
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Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road takes readers on a journey along the former Silk Road, looking for the origins of the noodle. But reviewer T. Susan Chang says that the book gets tied into knots when the quest turns cold.
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Talent Or Skill?: Honing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
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Joe Yonan: "Eat Your Vegetables"

Can you be a vegetarian and still be a good traveler, a creative cook and a gracious guest? Kojo chats with The Washington Post's travel and food editor, who recently adopted a vegetarian lifestyle himself.

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Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Also: The meaning of Homer's "wine-dark sea"; a look at Portnoy's Complaint and the rise of the Jewish sex scandal; the best books coming out this week.
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E-Books Strain Relations Beween Libraries, Publishing Houses

E-books have changed the world of publishing in fundamental ways. The business model that encouraged publishers to support the work of public libraries has changed to such an extent that this relationship has been stressed to the point of non cooperation.
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Charles Manson: Master Manipulator, Even As A Child

More than four decades after the cult leader planned nine vicious murders, he is still part of American culture. Jeff Guinn's new biography digs through details of Manson's troubled childhood, with access to family members and photos never reported on before.
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Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

Rob Sheffield had his life pulled out from him 16 years ago when his wife died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. He overcame his grief through singing karaoke, and tells about it in his new book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke."
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Jack Handey Revels In 'The Stench of Honolulu'

"Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey was an icon of Saturday Night Live in the 1990's. Now Jack Handey has written a novel, "The Stench of Honolulu." He talks to host Rachel Martin about the book, his time on SNL, and his philosophy on comedy.
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Not My Job: Charles Frazier Gets Quizzed On Frasier Crane

On the road in Asheville, N.C., we ask Charles Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain, three questions about Frasier Crane, the fictional radio psychiatrist.

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