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'Speaking The Unspeakable' To The New Poet Laureate

English professor Natasha Trethewey has been named the 19th U.S. poet laureate. Poetry, she says, is something people can turn to for celebrating joys and mourning losses.
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Audiobooks That'll Make The Family Road Trip Fly By

It's time to rev up the old minivan and hit the road for summer vacation. But how to keep the kids (and adults) from getting bored? Audiobook expert Adam Boretz recommends stories so good you'll forget to ask, "Are we there yet?"
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No One In 'The Red House' Gets Away Unscathed

A vacation in the remote English countryside brings all sorts of family tensions to a boil in Mark Haddon's latest novel, The Red House. Haddon says the poetic language in the book is as much a part of the narrative as any of the characters.
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Steve Guttenberg Writes His Own 'Bible'

The Police Academy star began his acting career at the age of 17 by faking it. He snuck into the Paramount Studios lot, set up an office and started landing auditions. He writes about his unorthodox Hollywood start in his new memoir, The Guttenberg Bible.
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'Mission': Secrecy And Stardom On The Edge Of War

Alan Furst's new thriller, Mission to Paris, follows a German-American film star to Europe on the brink of war. Fredric Stahl thinks he's going to make a movie in France, but he winds up caught between German and American forces who both hope to use his stardom for their own ends.
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How 'The Queen Of British Ska' Wrestled With Race

One of few women in a musical movement dominated by men, Pauline Black helped lead the 1970s U.K. ska revival with her band The Selecter. She discusses her complicated family history in a new memoir, Black by Design.
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Summer Reading

Few things are better than a good book when you're relaxing at the beach, waiting in an airport, or just kicking back during a staycation. Get recommendations for the best summer reads, and share some of your own.

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Review: 'The Lower River'

Alan Cheuse reviews the new novel, The Lower River by Paul Theroux. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University.

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