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Bookend: Book Critic Michael Dirda Shares Reading Habits

In our final edition of "Bookend" for 2012, we talk with Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda about his personal reading habits and why he resists buying an e-reader.

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Adam Makos: "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II" (Rebroadcast)

In his new book, “A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II”, author Adam Makos describes the fateful wartime encounter, and how the two men found each other nearly 50 years later.

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Jeremy Dean: "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick"

It's that time of year again when millions of Americans vow to create good habits and break bad ones. The psychologist behind PsyBlog explains why it is so difficult to modify our behavior -- and to stick with the change.

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In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt

Our latest pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club is The Red Pyramid, a tale of two kids who must rescue the world from Egyptian gods. Author Rick Riordan, a former schoolteacher, combined his obsession with books with his passion for mythology to write this book about ordinary kids doing heroic things.
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Self-Publishing: No Longer Just A Vanity Project

It used to be called the "vanity press," a name that carried a sniff of derision. But Lynn Neary reports that self-publishing has become a booming business, spawning best-sellers, and attracting the interest of Amazon and the major publishing houses.
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Book Review: 'A Possible Life'

Critic Alan Cheuse reviews the new novel by British novelist Sebastian Faulks, called A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts.
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Mapping Virginia (Rebroadcast)

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

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"In the Shadow of the Banyan" (Rebroadcast)

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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