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From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

Is it possible that pasta originated in China and traveled west to Italy? Author Jen Lin-Liu travels the historic Silk Road from Beijing to Rome tracing the evolution of pasta and sampling the offerings along the way.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah"

"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.

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Marie Arana: "Bolivar: American Liberator"

Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States.


London Law Firm Indirectly Leaked J.K. Rowling's Pseudonym

It was revealed this week that the Harry Potter author wrote a detective novel under the name Robert Galbraith. A law firm she dealt with has come forward to say one of its partners let the secret slip to a friend of his wife's, who then tipped off a newspaper.

From A Story of Evil, A Lesson In Forgiveness

Beverly Donofrio is known for her popular memoir Riding in Cars with Boys, where she wrote about her experience as a teen mom. Now she's out with a new memoir about a life-changing incident in her mid-fifties — she woke up one night to a rapist in her bed. The book is titled Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace. Beverly Donofrio joins host Michel Martin for a Behind Closed Doors conversation.
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Orville Schell and John Delury: "Wealth And Power: China's Long March To The Twenty-First Century" (Rebroadcast)

China scholar Orville Schell explains the history of Chinese nationalism and how it paved the way for the world's most populist country to become the global economic powerhouse it is today.


Book Examines Who Sowed Seeds For China's Economic Boom

Renee Montagne talks to China scholars Orville Schell and John DeLury about their new book, Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century. It examines the roots of China's recent economic development boom.

'The Exchange': The Book 'For You'

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Sophie Cabot Black's book of poems, The Exchange.
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Susan Choi: "My Education"

A professor's dark world, a graduate student's obsession and a torrid affair that turns lives upside down: Susan Choi on her new novel.


Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa'

Also: Jonathan Franzen answers an odd accusation; Zadie Smith's next book will be a "science-fiction romp."