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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

November 25, 2014 - 2:08pm

Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.

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Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums

November 25, 2014 - 1:28pm

An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

November 25, 2014 - 11:39am

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

November 25, 2014 - 7:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

November 24, 2014 - 2:46pm

Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.

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Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

November 24, 2014 - 1:37pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.

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BOOK THE GREAT REFORMER

November 24, 2014 - 12:55pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

November 24, 2014 - 11:49am

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

November 24, 2014 - 11:43am

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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Book News: Note That Helped Put Kerouac 'On The Road' Is Now On The Block

November 24, 2014 - 6:56am

Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology.

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Al Michaels On Great Sports Moments That He's Witnessed

November 24, 2014 - 2:16am

Al Michaels' book covers Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and working with legends. David Greene meets the play-by-play voice, and talks to Michaels about his book, You Can't Make This Up.

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How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

November 23, 2014 - 4:03am

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

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