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3 Extreme Tales Of Tribulation For The Apocalypse

The wait has been long and the predictions many, but according to Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, the enlightened will finally be called home on Oct 21. Author Rhoda Janzen offers three redeeming suggestions to help you prepare for the upcoming apocalypse.
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'Why Read Moby-Dick?': A Passionate Defense Of The 'American Bible'

Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort.
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The Sad Lesson Of 'Body Snatchers': People Change

Science-fiction writer Jack Finney would have turned 100 this month. Critic Maureen Corrigan says he had a knack for tapping into our shallowly buried psychological anxieties. At its core, Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is about how our loved ones inevitably change — and it is as sad as it is scary.
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Whitehead's 'Zone' Is No Average Zombie Apocalypse

Colson Whitehead's Zone One describes the aftermath of a mysterious plague that has swept the world and turned billions of people into zombies. Whitehead talks about his zombie nightmares, why he decided to destroy New York and what makes a "successful" apocalypse.
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Three-Minute Fiction

The winner of round seven of the Three-Minute Fiction contest will be announced in a few weeks. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts introduces Darius Kroger by William Sirson from Laramie, Wyoming. More stories from the contest can be found at npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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'The Breakfast Club' Meets Hell In 'Damned'

What do you do if you're 13, smart and damned to Hell? If you're the heroine of Chuck Palahiuk's new novel Damned, you strap on a pair of silver high heels and prepare to take the place over.
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'Fiction Ruined My Family;' Alcohol Also To Blame

The connection between art and alcohol is legendary. In Jeanne Darst's memoir, Fiction Ruined My Family, she writes about what happens when that world collides with family life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Darst, who recalls her unstable home life and parents' alcoholism.
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'My Long Trip Home' A Memoir Of Mixed Heritage

In his memoir, My Long Trip Home, Mark Whitaker explores the lives of his parents. They came from vastly different backgrounds, and their interracial relationship helped shape Whitaker's own life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Whitaker, who is executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, about growing up biracial during a key turning point in this country's history.

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