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Environmental Outlook: "What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?" By Tony Juniper

One of Britain's leading environmentalists argues nature has an economic value that can be measured. For this month's Environmental Outlook: how money really can grow on trees.

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The Best Books For Kids Age 9-14? You Tell Us

This summer, with your help, we're assembling the Ultimate Kids' Bookshelf — a collection of 100 titles every 9- to 14-year-old should read. What was your favorite book when you were that age? Weigh in with your nominations.
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Author Matheson Left Behind Reams Of Science Fiction Writing

Science fiction author Richard Matheson has died. Matheson wrote a number of classic episodes of television shows such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. His novel, I Am Legend, was adapted into movies three times.
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Book News: Author Of Controversial 'Seduction Guide' Apologizes

Also: Science fiction author and screenwriter Richard Matheson has died; John McEnroe has a book deal.
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As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
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Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Writer, Dies At 87

Science fiction author Richard Matheson's work included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous TV and movie scripts. For five decades, his work injected a sense of humanity into science fiction.
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Buying Four Wedding Dresses Made Bride Give Up Mirrors

Fed up with obsessing about her looks, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something radical: she gave up mirrors for an entire year, including her wedding day. Host Michel Martin talks with Gruys about her new book Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year.
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Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Also: Lemony Snicket on storytelling; the best books coming out this week.
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An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.

Six years ago, the mystery writer sent Easy Rawlins off a cliff, seemingly killing him off; now, Easy's back on the streets his creator once called home. Mosley says other than Los Angeles, he and his detective hero don't have much in common, but NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates begs to differ.
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A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

When her abusive ex-husband kidnapped their daughter and returned to Syria, Louise Monaghan went after them. The story of how she escaped with her life and her daughter is the subject of her new book, Stolen.

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