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Gross-Out Gags AND Life Lessons In 'Wimpy Kid'

Author Jeff Kinney is a rock star in the middle school literary scene. His Diary of a Wimpy Kid books follow the misadventures of sad-sack sixth-grader Greg Heffley, who just wants to fit in. Kids love the gross-out humor, but librarians and teachers say the books also help them laugh at the indignities of life.
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R.A. Dickey On 'Winding Up' As A Knuckleballer

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is currently the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues. His new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, explains how his life — and career — have mimicked the unpredictable trajectory of the difficult pitch he throws game after game.
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Sleuth Keeps His Good Eye On Mexico City's Crime

Paco Ignacio Taibo II and his fictional protagonist, Hector Belascoaran Shayne, follow crime trails in a dark, violent Mexico City. But the author has not written about his detective since the drug war began about six years ago.
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This Chef Loves Her 'Pig,' From Nose To Tail

April Bloomfield says she loves the smell of frying liver, the taste of a good thick steak shared with friends, and the crunch of a crispy fried pig's ear. Her new cookbook is a paean to meat — and from snout to tail, every part of the animal appears on her dinner table.
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The 'Other Audubon': A Family's Passion

In the late 1800s, Genevieve Jones set out to create the first book in America to catalogue the nests and eggs of birds. But when Jones tragically died of typhoid, her family made the remarkable commitment to complete the project. Melissa Block talks with Joy Kiser, who has once again published the illustrations and wrote the story behind their creation in her book, America's Other Audubon.
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Bookend: Scoping Out The D.C. Literary Scene With Kim Roberts

In the first edition of our new monthly series, Bookend, we talk with D.C. poet Kim Roberts about what it means to be a writer in the nation's capital.

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Marcus Samuelsson: On Becoming A Top Chef

The James Beard award-winning chef was the youngest ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times. His new memoir, Yes, Chef, explains what it takes to be a master chef — and describes his journey from Ethiopia to Sweden to some of America's finest restaurants.
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Black Legal Giants Struggled With Role, Identity

The Supreme Court has made major decisions, from rulings on the President's signature health care law, to historic civil rights law. In the book, Representing the Race, Harvard Law Professor Kenneth Mack looks at African-American legal giants like Thurgood Marshall and their struggle with identity. He speaks with guest host Viviana Hurtado.
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Readers' Review: "Possession: A Romance" by A.S. Byatt

Join Diane and her guests for our July Readers’ Review as they discuss a story of wit and romance. A pair of scholars reconstruct the secret affair of two Victorian poets through their poems and letters. One review described "Possession" by A.S. Byatt as “a nearly perfect novel."

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Why Flying Is No Fun (And May Be More Dangerous)

Airline veteran and writer William McGee says airlines' aggressive cost-cutting hasn't just added fees and hassles. He says they're taking steps that compromise safety — and regulators are letting it happen.

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