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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.
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'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.

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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."
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A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

When the Pilgrim family first arrived in Alaska, they looked to be from another century. They didn't use calendar months, they called their father "Lord," and they knew how to live in the wild. But, as Tom Kizzia writes in Pilgrim's Wilderness, that rugged facade helped conceal a history of abuse.
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Book Review: 'Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish'

Alan Cheuse reviews the last book written by David Rakoff, who died last year. The novel Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is written in verse.
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An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

ESPN's Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry's new book Fantasy Life is a look into the world of fantasy sports, which draw in tens of millions of players and ranks as the fourth most popular sport in the nation.
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Aparecium! J.K. Rowling Revealed As 'Cuckoo' Mystery Author

The Cuckoo's Calling, a debut mystery supposedly by a former British military man, was in fact written by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, working under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novel received positive reviews when it came out earlier this year.
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How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers

Scholastic began as a four-page magazine for high schoolers in 1920. Today, the publisher of Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Magic School Bus, Harry Potter and The Hunger Game, has grown into a $2 billion business, and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.
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Motown, Vietnam, The Civil Rights Movement And One Iconic Song

Mark Kurlansky's Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles the spectacular success of the 1964 Motown hit "Dancing in the Street." Reviewer Cord Jefferson says that while much of the book feels like filler, it sings when Kurlansky examines all the controversy one song created.

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