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A New Chapter? A Launch Of The Bookless Library

Imagine a library without books — only computers and gadgets. That's the vision of one Texas county that plans to launch a digital-only public library. Despite the project's cost-efficiency, one librarian argues that the plan may be too ambitious.
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The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books

Audio books are on the rise. Some love their convenience and enjoy being read to, others say listening to a narrated book is not the same as reading. Diane and her guests discuss implications of a coming audio book boom.

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George Saunders Lives Up To The Hype

At the beginning of January, the cover story of The New York Times Magazine declared: "George Saunders Has Written The Best Book You'll Read This Year." The stories in the author's latest collection, The Tenth of December, prove that The Times may well be right.
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Buy Shoes On Wednesday To Save Money

Spending less and saving more are usually at the top of peoples' New Year's resolutions. For Tell Me More's 'Money Coach' series, host Michel Martin talks with Mark Di Vincenzo, author of 'Buy Shoes On Wednesday and Tweet at Four.' He says the trick to getting a good deal is knowing when to shop.
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American Revolution Reinvents Guerrilla Warfare

In the new book Invisible Armies, author Max Boot traces the role of guerrilla warfare through history, starting in the Roman Empire all the way up to Afghanistan. He tells Steve Inskeep the American Revolution was the turning point in guerrilla warfare.
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Sotomayor Memoir: Don't Let A Door Stop You

In her new autobiography, Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells the story of how a Puerto Rican girl from a Bronx tenement ended up on the U.S. Supreme Court. In My Beloved World, Sotomayor talks about her family, school life and career. She says you can't let a closed door stop you, you have to find a way around it.
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Hold On To Your Tighty Whities, Captain Underpants Is Back!

Dav Pilkey has just released his 10th Captain Underpants book. The series, packed with potty humor and goofy illustrations, delights reluctant readers and horrifies many grown-ups. Pilkey says he wanted to create books that would appeal even to readers who struggle, the way he did as a child.
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Sotomayor Found Her 'Competitive Spirit' In Gold Stars

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she wrote her autobiography, My Beloved World, to encourage "ordinary people" like herself to succeed. Legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg sat down with Sotomayor to talk about the book, her family and her career. Sotomayor talks about how she worked her way up the ladder in school — starting out in fifth grade by chasing gold stars.

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