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'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin'

Leah Vincent grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. They cut her off when she was 16, after she was caught sending letters to a boy. Vincent shares her journey outside the faith in her memoir.

In 'Kinder Than Solitude,' History Always Haunts

Yiyun Li's latest novel is a coming of age novel set in the Tiananmen Square era in Beijing. Li spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about lonely youth and China's post-Tiananmen generation.

Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Physicist Michio Kaku studies what were once only philosophical questions about the human mind. He delves into the brain and our understanding of its functions in his new book, The Future of the Mind.

The Last Undefeated College Basketball Team Plays For Title

The men's basketball team from Wichita State holds an undefeated record of 28-0. But that title is currently up for grabs. The team is hoping to bring home the Missouri Valley Conference Title.

'The Natural' Of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

A new edition of Bernard Malamud's classic baseball story, The Natural, was just released. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about how the 1952 novel is more relevant than ever.

Hollywood Goes To War In 'Five Came Back'

Mark Harris' new book takes a look at five American directors who made films for the War Department during World War II — and how those films changed both their work and American cinema.

Writer Mavis Gallant Portrayed 'Lost Souls' Of Post-WWII Europe

The New Yorker contributor moved to Paris during the reconstruction after World War II, and focused her short stories on often-overlooked European experiences. Gallant died Tuesday.

Celebrating Winnie-The-Pooh's 90th With A Rare Recording (And Some Hunny)

A.A. Milne's beloved bear made his first appearance in a short poem titled "Teddy Bear" which was published in Punch magazine on Feb. 13, 1924. We'll listen back to a 1929 recording of Milne.

A Cure For Sochi-Fatigue, Shaken, Not Stirred

In honor of the closing ceremonies in Sochi this weekend, author Lev Grossman recommends a classic read in the winter sports genre: Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
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Rachel Louise Snyder: "What We've Lost Is Nothing"

A string of burglaries in a racially diverse neighborhood exposes hidden racial tensions in a new novel by Rachel Louise Snyder.