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In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt

Our latest pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club is The Red Pyramid, a tale of two kids who must rescue the world from Egyptian gods. Author Rick Riordan, a former schoolteacher, combined his obsession with books with his passion for mythology to write this book about ordinary kids doing heroic things.
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Self-Publishing: No Longer Just A Vanity Project

It used to be called the "vanity press," a name that carried a sniff of derision. But Lynn Neary reports that self-publishing has become a booming business, spawning best-sellers, and attracting the interest of Amazon and the major publishing houses.
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Book Review: 'A Possible Life'

Critic Alan Cheuse reviews the new novel by British novelist Sebastian Faulks, called A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts.
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Mapping Virginia (Rebroadcast)

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

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"In the Shadow of the Banyan" (Rebroadcast)

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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Dinaw Mengestu On The African Immigrant Experience (Rebroadcast)

The acclaimed novelist and 2012 MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu discusses his writing, his heritage and the immigrant experience.

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Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her" (Rebroadcast)

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

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Kitchen Gifting: Best Cookbooks And Gadgets

However you celebrate, it's likely the holiday season brings two certainties: gifts and food. So how can you go wrong with a combination of the two?

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