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Readers' Review: "Drown" by Junot Diaz

For this month's Readers' Review: "Drown" -- the debut collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz. Twenty years ago, Diaz published ten heart-breaking tales about a fragmented family from the Dominican Republic finding their way in 1980s America.

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Judy Blume: "In The Unlikely Event"

Judy Blume is the best-selling author of “Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret” and “Forever.” Her latest novel – just out in paperback – is set in the 1950s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The author tells us why this novel was the book she was meant to write.

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Readers' Review: "My Name Is Lucy Barton" By Elizabeth Strout

For our April Readers’ Review: the latest novel by the author of "The Burgess Boys" and the Pulitzer-Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge." It's the story of a woman who escapes a troubled childhood and becomes a writer. A surprise visit from her mother opens a portal to her past and awakens a subtle tenderness between them. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of "My Name Is Lucy Barton."

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Curtis Sittenfeld: "Eligible"

A modern retelling of "Pride And Prejudice" by Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of "Prep" and "American Wife."

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Anna Quindlen: "Miller's Valley"

A government plan to destroy a community for a flood control project is the backdrop of Anna Quindlen's latest work of fiction. The best-selling author and journalist on her novel about family, memory and loss -- and her thoughts on American politics today.

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Lee Smith: "Dimestore: A Writer's Life"

Lee Smith began writing stories as a child, selling them for a nickel apiece. The novelist on her new memoir about growing up in a small Appalachian town and how it shaped her life and her literature.

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Matt Gallagher: "Youngblood"

A new novel by a former U.S. Army captain known for his candid blogging during the Iraq War. It’s a story about a young American soldier drawn deep into the lives of local Iraqis as he investigates allegations of murdered civilians.

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Yann Martel: "The High Mountains of Portugal"

The best-selling author of "Life of Pi” on his new novel. Three connected tales set decades apart in Portugal about love, grief and faith. A quest to find an old crucifix, a surreal ghost story, and a fable about a chimpanzee.

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Neil Gaiman: "Trigger Warning" (Rebroadcast)

A conversation with best-selling author Neil Gaiman on his latest collection of short fiction and poems. He warns his new anthology could trigger flashbacks and anxiety. Known for his eerie tales including “Coraline” and “The Graveyard Book,” the author explains why he thinks fiction is dangerous.

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Simon Van Booy: "Tales Of Accidental Genius" (Rebroadcast)

The best-selling author of "The Illusion of Separateness" on his latest collection of short fiction. Through characters ranging from a Beijing street vendor to a retired British body guard, writer Simon Vay Booy writes tales about unusual friendships and acts of compassion.

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