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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.
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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.
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With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books

The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.
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Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.
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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel-Winning Chronicler Of Apartheid, Dies

Gordimer found her central theme exploring the human effects of racial injustice, but her work continued long after South Africa's apartheid regime had ended.
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William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories'

"I've always wanted to write fiction and nonfiction at the same time," Vollmann says. In recent years he's written nonfiction, but his new work is a collection of stories about love, lust and ghosts.
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Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.
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'The Interior Circuit' Meditates On Grief And Mexico City

Francisco Goldman has written a kind of love letter to the Mexican capital in his new book, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle. He talks with NPR's Arun Rath about this nonfiction work.
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'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.
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Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.

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