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Writer Attica Locke Cuts Deep With Latest Thriller

She was a struggling screenwriter before hitting it big with her books, including The Cutting Season. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Locke about the inspiration for her thrillers, and how she straddles the past and present of African-American life in her writing.
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Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.
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'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember The Ladies'

Cokie Roberts' new children's book tells the stories of women who contributed to the success of the American Revolution — women like Martha Washington and Abigail Adams. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, "These were very, very politically passionate women. ... They were utterly devoted to the patriot cause."
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The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out

Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated in black and white by K. G. Campbell, is this year's best children's book. The American Library Association made the announcement Monday. Locomotive, by Brian Floca, is the most distinguished picture book.
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A New Look At George Eliot That's Surprisingly Approachable

Rebecca Mead was 17 the first time she read Eliot's Middlemarch, and the book has remained a favorite ever since. But critic Meg Wolitzer says you don't have to read (or re-read) Middlemarch to love Mead's new book, My Life in Middlemarch, which is a mash-up of literary criticism, memoir and biography of Eliot.
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Book Review: 'The Guts,' By Roddy Doyle

Alan Cheuse reviews Roddy Doyle's latest novel, The Guts. The book revisits some of the characters from Doyle's debut hit, The Commitments.
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On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

In The Empire of Necessity, historian Greg Grandin tells the story of a slave revolt at sea. The 1805 event inspired Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, and Grandin's account of the human horror is a work of power and precision.
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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists in Italy. But in The Pope and Mussolini, historian David Kertzer says the church actually lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's regime.
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Rebroadcast: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

A surprise winner at this year's National Book Award, James McBride's latest novel takes on the story of abolitionist John Brown's doomed raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry. We speak with McBride about the novel, as well as the band he formed to play music that inspired Brown.

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In Fragments Of A Marriage, Familiar Themes Get Experimental

Jenny Offill's new book, Dept. of Speculation, uses anecdotes and bits of poetry to tell a nonlinear story of love, parenthood and infidelity. Offill tells NPR's Rachel Martin that her experiences as a mother inspired the book — but that her own marriage is far less dramatic than the one in her novel.

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