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Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age' 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:32:02 -0400 
    Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.


Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:32:00 -0400 
    When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, "You can imagine how quiet they were." Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.


A Filmmaker's Surreal Vision On The Page In 'Where The Bird Sings Best' 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    The multitalented Alejandro Jodorowsky turns to fiction (sort of) with a semi-autobiographical novel. Critic Juan Vidal calls it "brilliant, mad, unpredictable."


Jon Ronson Has Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, But What About The Rest Of Us? 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    His new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, looks at the ways social media shaming affects both the targets and those doing the shaming. Critic Eric Weiner calls it sharp-eyed and often hilarious.


Scott Simon: 'We Don't Fully Grow Up' Until We Lose Our Parents 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:52:00 -0400 
    "There are some lessons that only grief and responsibility can teach us," says Weekend Edition host Scott Simon. His new memoir, Unforgettable, is about the life and death of his mother.


From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:15:00 -0400 
    The late novelist's Millennium series is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.


'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:03:17 -0400 
    Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).


A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us' 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.


'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter? 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:00 -0400 
    Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.


'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull' 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:00 -0400 
    Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.


Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him 
  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:29:00 -0400 
    Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. "There is a grief in all poetry," he writes in his latest book of essays. "Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not."


How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival 
  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:29:00 -0400 
    Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.


Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself 
  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0400 
    During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to protect it. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.


Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain' 
  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:50:00 -0400 
    Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.


'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart 
  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:31:00 -0400 
    Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.
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