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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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Life's Traumas Won't Stop Kenyan Author Ngugi

One of Kenya's most famous citizens is author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o. His criticism of that nation's post-colonial government led to his arrest and eventual exile. But he says he can't be knocked down. Host Michel Martin talks with Ngugi about his new memoir, In the House of the Interpreter.
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Book News: Disgraced 'New Yorker' Author Talks Plagiarism — For A $20,000 Fee

Also: An award for the year's most cutting book review; how it feels to hold Sylvia Plath's hair; and Donna Tartt's new book will be out this fall.
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Reading Sylvia Plath 50 Years After Her Death Is A Different Experience

Poet Tess Taylor reflects on how we read Sylvia Plath's poetry, 50 years after her death.
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A Soured Student-Teacher Friendship Threatens 'Everything'

In a new memoir, James Lasdun describes how a former-student-turned-friend stalked and slandered him online. Give Me Everything You Have is a meditation on what it means to control your reputation on the Internet — and the book is Lasdun's attempt to fight back.
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In A North Vietnamese Prison, Sharing Poems With 'Taps On The Walls'

As a prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton," Air Force fighter pilot John Borling spent years composing and memorizing poetry that he tapped to fellow prisoners, like the future Sen. John McCain, using a special code.

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