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Book Review: 'The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid'

Critic Alan Cheuse reviews the novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, by Shani Boianjiu, a young woman veteran of the Israeli Defense Force.
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"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

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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A Close Look At Your Bills' 'Fine Print'

In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, author David Cay Johnston examines the fees that companies have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger. He tells Fresh Air that companies are misusing language to "confuse people."
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Bookend: Prosecutor-Turned-Novelist Works to Keep Pages Turning

In this month's Bookend, we chat with Allison Leotta, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who now spends her time writing fast-paced legal thrillers set in the nation's capital.

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'Moby Dick' Project Brings Book Into 21st Century

Writer Philip Hoare talks about his new project, the "Moby Dick Big Read." From now until late January, a chapter of Herman Melville's classic whale-hunting epic will be available for download each day. Each is read by the likes of Tilda Swinton, John Waters and Stephen Fry.
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Debunking The 'Myth Of The Muslim Tide'

In his new book, Doug Saunders says there are those who believe immigration and high birth rates will make Muslims a majority in Europe in coming decades — and their hostility to Western values makes them a threat. Saunders tells Fresh Air that such fears are based on inaccurate assertions of fact.
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'Life Of Objects' Tells A Cautionary WWII Fairy Tale

Susanna Moore tells the saga of an ambitious girl, a family's artistic fortune and a world at war. Young heroine Beatrice Palmer is whisked off to Berlin where she is put to work packing up priceless artwork in a wealthy family's mansion.
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Book Review: 'Black Dahlia and White Rose'

Alan Cheuse reviews Joyce Carol Oates most recent story collection, Black Dahlia and White Rose. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

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