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Simple Tweets Of Fate: Teju Cole's Condensed News

Every day, Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole skims newspapers from present-day Nigeria and 1912's New York City. He turns the odd news of the day into the ironic, illuminating Tweets he calls "Small Fates."
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Three-Minute Fiction

More than 6,000 original stories were submitted to this round of Three-Minute Fiction. To see these stories and others, visit npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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Ignore 'The Mama's Boy Myth': Keep Your Boys Close

Will a close mother-son relationship create another Norman Bates? Far from it, says author Kate Stone Lombardi in the new book The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger.
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'Narcopolis': Inside India's Dark Underbelly

A former addict, Jeet Thayil spent decades in Mumbai's seedy, drug-ridden underworld. He draws from his life to populate his first novel, Narcopolis, with a cast of desperate, damaged and magnetic characters.
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The Beauty And Difficulty Of Poet Nikky Finney

"Art is about being provocative," says the award-winning poet. "Art is also about beauty and if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter."
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The Secret Hunt For The Mastermind Of Sept. 11

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described himself as the mastermind of 9/11, but the American public hardly knew who he was. A new book about the confessed terrorist details what led him to declare war on America and how he was finally captured.
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'Calico Joe': A Would-Be Legend Rediscovered

Joe Castle, from Calico Rock, Ark., came up to the Chicago Cubs in the summer of 1973, played in 38 games, and hit an astonishing .488, including 21 home runs. He played only those games before being struck by a pitch. Scott Simon speaks with author John Grisham about his new baseball-themed novel, Calico Joe.

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