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Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For 'Home'

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the devastating losses and the inept government response, dominated the news cycle for a few months. But New Orleans residents' struggle to return home never stopped. Writer Daniel Wolff's new book follows several Crescent City characters as they rebuild after the disaster.
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What's Music Superstar Usher Reading?

In the latest installment of our occasional series, musician Usher tells us "What I'm Reading."
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The 'State Of England' Is Grim In 'Lionel Asbo'

Martin Amis' latest novel, Lionel Asbo, takes a bilious — but funny — look at the deterioration of England through the eyes of the titular lowlife Lionel, a habitual offender who doesn't mind repeated prison stints, and his crime-reporter nephew Desmond.
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Soccer Star Hope Solo On Loving Lost Parents

She's regarded as one of the best goalies in the world, and also as an outspoken player who doesn't mince words. In her newly-released autobiography, Solo discusses her passion for the game and talks about a mother and father who helped her succeed even as they faltered.
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Dennis Drabelle: "The Great American Railroad War"

The story of the Central Pacific Railroad, two writers -- Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris -- and their battle in print against one of America's most powerful corporations.

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Actress Danica McKellar Helps "Girls Get Curves"

In her newest book "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Take Shape" actress and math education advocate Danica McKellar teaches readers geometry, using her signature "girly" style. McKellar discusses the book, and tells why she chose to pair geometry lessons with tips for exercise and eating.
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Hunting 'Prey' On The Streets Of St. Paul, Minn.

Before becoming a best-selling crime novelist, John Sandford was a reporter at the Pioneer Press. He is the author of more than two dozen crime novels, including the Prey series, featuring fictional detective Lucas Davenport. (This piece initially aired July 31, 2009 on Morning Edition.)
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Behind The Curtain Of Communism

Photographer Tomas van Houtryve entered North Korea with an illegal passport and concocted an elaborate lie to avoid being detained. It was all part of his project to document modern-day communism.

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