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After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

In a new book, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe explores how to fix the gridlock in Congress. Earlier this year, the Republican from Maine left the Senate out of frustration with the partisan stalemate. "It has to change, for the country," she says. "People deserve ... better representation."
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Three-Minute Fiction

NPR's Three-Minute Fiction contest will close Sunday night. Contestants should submit their stories at npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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After Long Wait, Novelist James Salter Shares 'All That Is'

Salter's first book, in 1957, won the admiration of writers and critics alike. But he hadn't written a novel since 1979, until now. All That Is sets out to give a sweeping portrait of human experience, with a main character who appears suspiciously similar to Salter himself.
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A 'Cooked Seed' Sprouts After All, In America

Anchee Min's new book, The Cooked Seed, picks up 20 years after the end of her bestselling memoir Red Azalea, as Min arrives in America with little money and no English. After persecution in China, Min describes art school in America as "a strange environment, very surreal."
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Chasing A Dream, Speeding Down 'The Emerald Mile'

Host Rachel Martin talks to writer Kevin Fedarko about his new book, The Emerald Mile, which tells the harrowing story of three men who ride the flooded Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
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The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Neal Thompson's new biography traces the life of the newspaper cartoonist who became an international celebrity and media superstar. Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable shaped the way Americans saw the world.
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Qais Akbar Omar: "A Fort Of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story"

A memoir of growing up in Afghanistan. The journey one family takes as they attempt to flee decades of violence and find hope in their homeland.

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A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

When author Anthony Marra became interested in Chechnya, he realized there was no Western fiction rooted in the region -- something he set out to change. We talk with Marra, a D.C. native, about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."

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