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Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction

Debbie Macomber's books don't get a lot of critical attention, but they've sold in the hundreds of millions. Her fans feel like they know and love the woman behind the words, so her publisher threw a party for them.
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What Drove Wild West's Jesse James To Become An Outlaw?

In Shot All To Hell, author Mark Lee Gardner explores the roots of James' life of crime following the Civil War.
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'Good Lord Bird' Gives Abolitionist Heroes Novel Treatment

In 1857, John Brown liberates 12-year-old Henry from his master. There's only one problem: Brown is so wrapped up in his freedom mission, he thinks Henry is a girl. James McBride delivers a portrait of Brown and his friend Frederick Douglass as Henry sees them.
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'18 In America': Coast To Coast With Golf Clubs In Hand

Dylan Dethier took a year off between high school and college for an unusual quest: He wanted to play a round of golf in each of the 48 contiguous states. His new book, 18 in America, chronicles that year, and he joins NPR's Scott Simon on the putt-putt course to talk about it.
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Might Bad Handwriting Lead To 'Lend Me Your Beers'?

Computer analysis has revealed that 325 lines from a Thomas Kyd play are actually William Shakespeare's, and that bad handwriting is to blame for the mix-up. NPR's Scott Simon muses on some of Shakespeare's most famous lines, and how they might read differently if they were transcribed incorrectly.
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Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

Pirates, pokers and alleged demonic origins — the history of rum is filled with raucousness and rebellion. To celebrate National Rum Day, we bring you tales from this drink's past, including its laudable origins as a food waste solution.
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Ancient Grains And Wild Greens

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

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Another America: Liberia's Story

In 1840, a group of about 80 African-Americans set sail for the west coast of Africa to establish a new nation based on ideals gleaned from the American experiment. We explore Liberia's unique history.

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Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

For our September Readers' Review: a work of narrative nonfiction that chronicles the riveting story of families striving toward a better life in modern Mumbai. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

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Book News: English Translation Of New Murakami Novel Expected In 2014

Also: Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka at home in Nigeria; an unexpected Eugene O'Neill artifact; a poet turns to Craigslist.

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