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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.
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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.
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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.
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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.
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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.
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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.
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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.
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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.
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The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.

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