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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

T.E. Lawrence, the British officer who played a key role in the Middle East during World War I, served as one of that war's few romantic champions. Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia explains how Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes.
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Ruthann Robson: "Dressing Constitutionally"

Some have a flair for jewelry and well-tailored clothes. Others choose provocative and edgy looks, while others prefer plain and simple. But whether you to dress to impress or throw on whatever is clean that day, it’s unlikely the...

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Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

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For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging

Most Americans say public libraries are important to the community — but eight states don't actually support them. Texas has cut budgets drastically; in Vermont, local librarians must go hand in hand to town meetings every year. Neda Ulaby reports on the landscape of library funding across the U.S.
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A Dystopian View Of America's 'Fallen' Suburbs

Patrick Flanery's taut new novel, Fallen Land, delves into the housing crisis, creeping corporate surveillance and a "crisis of neighborliness" in American life. The backdrop: a half-built and crumbling subdivision outside of an unnamed American city.
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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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