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Remembering Lois Duncan, The Queen Of Teen Suspense

The beloved author died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 82. Just a teen herself when she started writing, Lois Duncan sent chills down a generation of spines with books like Down a Dark Hall.
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Former Restaurant Worker Serves Up Industry-Inspired Fiction In 'Sweetbitter'

Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.
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Caitriona Palmer: "An Affair With My Mother"

An Irish journalist sets out to find her birth mother. After they meet, they develop a close bond. But her mother has one condition – the relationship must remain a secret. A story of adoption, secrecy and love.

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'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

When Jason Amundsen told his wife he was quitting his job to raise pasture-raised eggs, she was less than amused. Readers, however, will chuckle at the story of their tragicomic path to success.
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Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About Anything

For over 40 years, Villapol hosted a popular cooking show in Cuba, her recipes shifting to reflect the realities of life under the revolution. No meat? No problem — she fried plantain peels instead.
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What A 'Goodnight Moon' Spinoff Tells Us About Copyright Law

Our reporter wanted to write a prequel to Goodnight Moon. He ended up on the phone with lawyers.
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Tig Notaro On Her Terrible Year In 'I'm Just A Person'

Comedian Tig Notaro shot to fame in 2012, talking candidly onstage about having cancer. Now she's in remission, recently married and the author of a new memoir called I'm Just A Person.
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'In The Darkroom' Explores The Concept Of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."
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Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.
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The Overlapping Lives Of George Washington And Robert E. Lee

WAMU Transportation Reporter Martin Di Caro talks a break from Metro for an evening to talk about Confederate General Robert E. Lee at a recent WAMU Books event at Kramerbooks.

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