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How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

At the start of the 20th century, the ruthless, self-made steel industrialist paid $60 million for 1,689 public libraries to be built in communities around the U.S. "The man who dies rich dies in disgrace," Carnegie wrote.

Book Review: 'The Darwin Elevator'

Alan Cheuse could not put down a new sci-fi thriller by former gamer Jason Hough. Cheuse reviews the book, The Darwin Elevator.

Texas Author John Graves Dies At 92; Wrote 'Goodbye To A River'

His books became icons of rural life in Texas. Graves' 1960 memoir, Goodbye to a River, recounts a canoe trip along a doomed waterway he knew in his youth. The book "was quickly recognized as a classic," NPR member station KERA reports.

Book News: Booksellers Irate Over Obama's Amazon Visit

Also: an excerpt from George R.R. Martin's upcoming novella; a plea from the OED; a new short story from Adam Johnson.

On The Road To Rock Excess: Why The '60s Really Ended In 1973

In the new book What You Want Is in the Limo, author Michael Walker argues that a peak year in the careers of Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and The Who also marked a cultural shift — from the peace, love and understanding of 1960-era music to '70s rock decadence.

Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their research into the physiology of human sexuality. In Masters of Sex, biographer Thomas Maier explores the duo's research methods, which for years remained shrouded in secrecy.

Book News: Campaigner For Jane Austen Banknote Deluged With Threats

Also: Gary Shteyngart tests out Google Glass; Fifty Shades of Grey and the rise in handcuff accidents.

In Nation's First Black Public High School, A Blueprint For Reform

Journalist Alison Stewart chronicles the history of Dunbar High School in her new book, First Class. She says the Washington, D.C., school — which has graduated Army generals, Cabinet members and musicians — can serve as a model for urban schools today.

'Coming Clean' About Growing Up In A Hoarding Household

Kimberly Rae Miller grew up among piles of junk. Doors wouldn't close, stacks of paper turned to sludge, and the pool was filled with muck; her father was an extreme hoarder. In her new memoir, Coming Clean, Miller writes candidly about the chaos in her home.
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A Conversation With Author Tana French

Irish author Tana French recently won the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize for thrillers. But her plots are often about more than solving grisly murders. Her fourth book, “Broken Harbor,” is a psychological thriller that also explores a downtrodden Ireland after the fall of the Celtic Tiger. Tana French joins Diane to talk about her best-selling novels and how her career as an actress influences her writing.