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Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

The story, which is about a man who comes back to life, was meant to be the final piece in Samuel Beckett's first collection of stories. But his original editor refused to publish it.
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A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'

Jean Kwok, the award-winning writer of Girl in Translation, has written a new book called Mambo in Chinatown, a Cinderella story about a 22-year-old Chinese-American torn between two cultures.
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Author Finds Inscrutable Spaces, Secret Cities For 'Unruly Places'

Alastair Bonnett sought out uncharted and forgotten territories for his new book, Unruly Places. He tells NPR's Tamara Keith about the quest, which included a visit to a traffic island.
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On July 4, A Celebration Of Walt Whitman's Irreverent Hymnal

For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.
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Designing The Perfectly Architectural Ice Cream Sandwich

NPR's Renee Montagne visited Coolhaus Ice Cream Shop in Southern California to find out what architecture and frozen desserts have in common, and how to stack up a mean ice cream sandwich.
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David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page

Before writing the poems that make up Hustle, Martinez was hustling for a long time. His work dips into his teenage years running with a gang, his enlistment in the Navy, and his turn to poetry.
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"The Stager" by Susan Coll

Local author Susan Coll talks with Kojo about her satirical take on relationships and real estate in her new novel 'The Stager.'

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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.
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Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

Zamperini, whose life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, survived the brutality of a Japanese POW camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific during World War II.
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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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