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Fresh Air Remembers 'Golden Notebook' Author Doris Lessing

Lessing's 1962 book was regarded as among the most important feminist novels of its time. She died Sunday. Fresh Air's Terry Gross interviewed Lessing in 1988 and 1992.
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Actor Hill Harper On His Life-Changing 'Letters' From An Inmate

You've seen him on television in hit shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but Hill Harper's most important role may be off-screen. He sat down with NPR's Michel Martin to discuss his longtime friendship with an inmate, documented in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.
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Authors Tell Untold Story Of Sioux Warrior Red Cloud

A new biography chronicles the extraordinary life of the Sioux warrior Red Cloud. In the 1860's, when settlers were encroaching on Sioux territory, he led — and won — a two-year war against the U.S. Renee Montagne talks with authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin about the book, The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend.
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'McSweeney's': Quirky Quarterly To Publishing Powerhouse

Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, a literary journal known for publishing experimental fiction and emerging writers alongside household names, celebrates its 15th birthday with an anthology of selected works. Editor Dave Eggers remembers the magazine's early days, when it was a "land of misfit writings" that had been rejected from more mainstream publications.
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How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs. Her book, The Golden Notebook, has been called the first feminist novel — a characterization Lessing rejected as "stupid."
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Secrets Mar The Gloss Of 'Youth' For These Heroines

Each of the young women in Laura van den Berg's The Isle of Youth is searching for significance in her life, troubled by the choices she's made. Their tales make up a collection of short stories written with cool aloofness. Critic Rosecrans Baldwin says that this book won't be for everyone — but for fans of detached prose, it's spectacular.
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Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize-Winning Author, Dies

Lessing's 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, is considered one of the great works of the 20th Century. It's been called by many the first feminist novel, a distinction Lessing always rejected.
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'Anything That Moves' Explores America's Extreme Food Culture

Author Dana Goodyear has spent a lot of time dining with foodies who champion bugs as a meal. And horses. And brains. Whales. Leaves. Weeds. Ash. Hay. Even plain dirt. Her new book documents the adventurous chefs and eaters who are redefining Americans' relationship with food.
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Ricky Martin Writes A 'Dreamer' For Children

Global music superstar and best-selling author Ricky Martin released his first children's book, Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars. The book was inspired by his own childhood relationship with his father. Ricky Martin joins host Rachel Martin to talk about reading to his own twin 5-year-old boys.
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If Being A Teen Wasn't Awkward Enough: A Date With 'Your Mom'

When humor writer Tom Ruprecht decided in high school to read Ian Frazier's Dating Your Mom, he faced a conundrum that most teens would find terrifying: How do you ask your mom to buy you a book with a title like that? And — again, like most teenagers — his solution wasn't exactly graceful. But at least the book of essays was worth it.

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