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Tales Of Transformation Make 'Vampires In The Lemon Grove' A Stunner

Karen Russell's new collection of short stories has dead presidents reincarnated as horses, girls turning into silkworms, and vampires who quench their thirst for blood with lemons. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that in Russell's world we aren't fixed in space and time but can change at any moment.
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Author Katherine Bouton Opens Up About Going Deaf

After going deaf at the age of 30, writer Katherine Bouton's entire life changed. In her new book, "Shouting Won't Help," Bouton shares how she came to terms with hearing loss, and why more attention needs to be paid to a condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans.
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Living And Dying In Brick City

Growing up on the tough streets of Newark, N.J., Sampson Davis and two childhood friends made a pact to pursue medical degrees. Davis is now a practicing physician who helps at-risk youth choose education.

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"The Beautiful Music All Around Us"

Musician Stephen Wade join us to explore the stories he unlocked when he set out to learn more about some of the most famous field recordings in American history.

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Book News: DOJ Approves Penguin, Random House Merger

Also: The erotic writings of John Donne; Randi Zuckerberg gets a two-book deal; and the whimsical world of book sculpting.
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"Kingdom of Rarities"

One wildlife biologist is tracking the planet's rarest animals, in hopes of understanding why they’re scarce and what it means for all species. We explore his research, and how technology is helping catalog the world's biodiversity.

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Book News: LBJ And Lady Bird Johnson's Love Letters Go Public

Also: The Knight Foundation apologizes; more bad news for Barnes & Noble; and discontinued candy heart slogans.
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'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery

In a new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, religious scholar and author John J. Collins tells the history of the scrolls and the controversies they have prompted, and explores the questions they ask and answer about Judeo-Christian history.

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