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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. The book, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, is part horror novel and part supernatural thriller. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.
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From A 'Death' To A Crisis, Tracing China's Bo Xilai Scandal

Murder, corruption and political intrigue all feature heavily in A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel, by Pin Ho and Wenguang Huang. It chronicles an episode that's still reverberating through China's Communist Party.
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The Women Who Inspired Other Women With 'Mary Tyler Moore'

In the '60s, many of the women on television were cute, a little silly and married. Mary Richards, though, was single, sassy, and filled with joy. A new book about the Mary Tyler Moore Show focuses on the women behind the scenes of the show that's still inspiring women today.
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The Women Who Inspired Other Women With 'Mary Tyler Moore'

In the sixties, many of the women on television were cute, a little silly, and married. Mary Richards, though, was single, sassy, and filled with joy. A new book about the Mary Tyler Moore Show focuses on the women behind the scenes of the show that's still inspiring women today.
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Three-Minute Fiction Readings: 'Compromise' And 'The F'

NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read The Art of Compromise by Lindsey Appleford of Boerne, Texas, and Claudia Who Found the F by Sean Enfield of Denton, Texas.
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Transcending Hardships By Saving Others In 'Constellation'

In his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra takes readers to the war-torn republic of Chechnya. People disappear, informers betray and those with humanity endure great hardships.
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A Spy's Son Grapples With A Lifetime Of Secrets

When Scott Johnson was 14, his father told him he was a spy for the CIA. At first it was exciting, but as Johnson grew older, he began to wonder just how much his father was keeping from him. In The Wolf and the Watchman, Johnson explores their complicated relationship.
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The Magic Was Behind The Scenes On 'Mary Tyler Moore'

Host Rachel Martin talked to Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, about her new book "Mary, and Lou, and Ted and Rhoda" which profiles the women who wrote Mary Richards after their own lives.
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A Lost And Found 'Wonder': Pearl S. Buck's Final Novel

Before her death in 1973, Pearl S. Buck wrote one final novel. But The Eternal Wonder languished in a Texas storage unit for decades until its discovery last fall.

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