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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.
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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.
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"The People's Republic of Amnesia" by Louisa Lim

Though the Tiananmen Square protests resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths, many have already forgotten what happened. Veteran journalist Louisa Lim joins Kojo to explore this rebellion against a repressive government, and a people's collective amnesia.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
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Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything'

After losing 12 years of her career to the communist blacklist, the actress and director spent decades lying about her age to make up for lost time. Her new memoir recounts her life in Hollywood.
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'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked

Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.
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From Expensive To Unholy, Mistakes Are 'Just My Typo'

"Sinning with the choir" is one of many errors featured in a new book called Just My Typo. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Drummond Moir, who compiled the collection of funny misspellings.
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Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

The story, which is about a man who comes back to life, was meant to be the final piece in Samuel Beckett's first collection of stories. But his original editor refused to publish it.
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A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'

Jean Kwok, the award-winning writer of Girl in Translation, has written a new book called Mambo in Chinatown, a Cinderella story about a 22-year-old Chinese-American torn between two cultures.
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Author Finds Inscrutable Spaces, Secret Cities For 'Unruly Places'

Alastair Bonnett sought out uncharted and forgotten territories for his new book, Unruly Places. He tells NPR's Tamara Keith about the quest, which included a visit to a traffic island.

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