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Three Bedtime Picture Books That Won't Put Parents To Sleep

Librarian Margaret Willison shares recommendations that both children and parents can love. From detailed illustrations to word tricks, she offers tips for making repetitive reading more enjoyable.
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The Ides Of March Madness: 'Who's Gonna Stop Prospero?'

A bracket pitting Shakespeare's plays against each other led stage actor Paul O'Brien of Charleston, S.C., to break down the matchups.
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A Libertarian With Roots In Rock Music

Matt Kibbe, CEO of FreedomWorks, has a new book. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Kibbe about his libertarian manifesto, Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff.
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Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

A German-based group called PediaPress estimates that a print version of the ever-evolving, online encyclopedia would fill more than 1,000 1,200-page volumes. Now they just need $50,000 to do it.
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'A Small Player' On The Brink Of Self-Destruction

Lawrence Osborne's new novel, The Ballad of a Small Player, is set in the casinos of Macao where a haunting tale unfolds. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the author about gambling and addiction.
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Miss Lonelyhearts No More: Three Surprising Books of Advice

Author Roy Peter Clark recommends three books that are hardly the work of your average agony aunt: a WWII-era cookbook, an zoological sex guide and a compilation of 60 years of no-nonsense advice.
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Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel

Russia has a long and legendary literary tradition that can perhaps give us insight into their president today.
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'Lovesongs' Examines What It Means To Come Home

A new novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, interlaces the stories of friends who keep returning to each other, to grasp hold of where they are in the world. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Nickolas Butler.
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A Grand Tradition Of Family Drama In 'Cavendon Hall'

Best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's new novel follows two families living in a grand Edwardian manor. She tells NPR that Downton-style dramas are a way of encapsulating life in one house.
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In 'Storied Life,' Characters Come With A Reading List

At its heart, Gabrielle Zevin's new novel is a love letter to the joys of reading. Each chapter starts with the title of a book or short story, essentially introducing characters by what they read.

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