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'Children' Of Iran's Activists Inherit Love, Loss And Longing

Sahar Delijani was born in an Iranian prison, where her parents were held as political activists. Her debut novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, is inspired by true stories of the post-revolutionary Iran she was born into and follows the rippling effects of oppression forward into the present.
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Telling Stories About Ourselves In 'The Faraway Nearby'

"Stories are compasses and architecture," says author Rebecca Solnit. "We navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of the world."
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Book News: CIA Nominee Catches Grief Over Bookstore Erotica Readings

Also: Nobody bought Faulkner's Nobel prize at auction; details of a new Salinger documentary.
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Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall

Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan was inspired by a real-life gorilla who lived in a mall in Tacoma, Wash. The author says humans have "a real obligation" to care responsibly for animals in captivity.
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Comedy Writer Mines Parenting Gold For Blog, Book

Adrian Kulp has gone from working in the Hollywood entertainment world to blogging as a dad. Now those two worlds are about to come together.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Fatherhood

In honor of Father's Day, we've dedicated a show to dads.

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How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

When parents aren't sure how to approach a difficult subject, they sometimes turn to other media — and Linda Ellerbee is happy to lend a hand. She's been the host of Nickelodeon's NickNews for 22 years, and her one rule of thumb is don't dumb it down.
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Book News: Inmate Fights For His Right To Read Werewolf Erotica

Also: Donald Hall's life in beards, Kenn Nesbitt to be the next Children's Poet Laureate.

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