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Peter Carey: "The Chemistry of Tears"

Peter Carey, the award-winning author of "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Parrot and Olivier in America," joins Diane to talk about his new book, "The Chemistry of Tears." It's a tale of two intertwined love stories involving a 19th century automaton and a man and a woman who can never meet.

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Do Liberals Live Under A 'Tyranny Of Cliches'?

Jonah Goldberg, conservative columnist and editor of National Review Online, argues in his new book that liberals use catchphrases to avoid engaging in actual arguments over ideas.
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'Blown Covers': Not Ready For The Newsstand

There are countless memorable New Yorker magazine covers. But for every one that appears on the newsstand, countless more end up in the rejection pile. Now, a new book collects some of the best rejected covers and explains why they didn't make the cut.
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Jordan Smoller: "The Other Side of Normal: How Biology is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior"

A professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Harvard University argues there are no bright lines between normal and abnormal behavior. He says psychiatric disorders are variations of the same brain systems that evolved to help us solve the challenges of everyday life.

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The 'Manhunt' To Capture Osama Bin Laden

Journalist Peter Bergen outlines the decade-long search for the al-Qaida leader in his new book Manhunt. Bergen is the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden's Abbottabad compound before it was razed by the Pakistani government.
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'The Newlyweds': A Match Made Online

As accusations of sexism ricochet through the book industry, Nell Freudenberger continues to craft wonderful literary fiction, writes Maureen Corrigan. Freudenberger's latest novel, The Newlyweds, tells the story of an Internet-arranged, cross-continental marriage.
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Wearing A Coat And Tie, Caro Writes Alone

In the second part of his interview, Steve Inskeep talks to author Robert Caro about the process he goes through in writing his biographies of Lyndon Baines Johnson. The Passage of Power is the fourth volume of Caro's massive biography of Johnson.
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Microsoft, Barnes & Nobel Take On Digital Rivals

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are teaming up to compete in digital books and tablet computing. The companies have announced Microsoft will invest $300 million in a new Barnes & Noble digital division. The announcement sent Barnes and Noble stock soaring.

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