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French, English, Comics: Proust On Memory, In Any Language

Proust's famous novel Swann's Way is out in the form of — wait for it — a graphic novel. Glen Weldon explains how much of it is substance and how much is gimmick.
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Atticus' Halo Comes Apart In 'Watchman'

Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird are in for a shock: In Harper Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman, the beloved Atticus is a racist. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan.
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She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics

Nicole Perlman was the first woman to get a writing credit on a Marvel Studios movie, last year's Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, she's taking on a more earthly challenge: Writing her first comic book.
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In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

Children of the Stone tells the story of a rock-throwing Palestinian teen's journey to found a music school. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Ramzi Aburedwan and author Sandy Tolan.
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Fearing Her Mind's Decline, Patricia Marx Scrambles To Get 'Less Stupid'

The first woman to write for The Harvard Lampoon, now a New Yorker staffer, Marx still felt like she was getting forgetful with age. So, she put her head to work, doing every brain game she could.
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Winning Is For Losers: The Great Stories Of The Guys Who Finish Last

Author Max Leonard says that, when it comes to the Tour de France, the riders in the back often have far more interesting stories than the riders in the front. His new book is called Lanterne Rouge.
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In 'New World,' Former British Poet Laureate Returns To 'Treasure Island'

Andrew Motion's new book was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Motion about his novel The New World.
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How Harper Lee Went From Wannabe Writer To The Jane Austen Of Alabama

Lee once said she wanted to be the chronicler of "small-town, middle-class Southern life." Even without her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, many fans would say she succeeded.
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Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman' Surprises In 1st Chapter

The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman was published Friday in the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian newspaper, in advance of the book's release next week. NPR shares a reading from the opening of the book that features familiar characters and a new one.
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New York Times, Ted Cruz In Row Over 'Best-Selling' Book

A Time for Truth by the Republican senator and presidential candidate sold enough to hit No. 2 on the newspaper's list. But the sales figures have come in for scrutiny.

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