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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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Google's Digital Library Plan Hits Another Snag

Since its founding more than a decade ago, Google has been trying to scan all the world's books to make them searchable online. But the effort has been stalled because of opposition from the Authors Guild. On Monday, a judge put the case on hold while Google appeals whether authors should receive class status.
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In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

Attica Locke was inspired to write her new novel after attending an interracial couple's wedding on a plantation. The Cutting Season tells the story of two murders set a century apart. The past, Locke says, "walks with us still."
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Becoming 'Anton,' Or, How Rushdie Survived A Fatwa

In 1989, Iran's leader issued an edict that sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for writing the novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie reflects on the fallout from that order — from the years spent in hiding to the alias he created to avoid detection — in a new memoir called Joseph Anton.

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