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Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

7 hours 34 min ago

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."

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

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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.

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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

March 29, 2015 - 1:30pm

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.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

March 29, 2015 - 2:50am

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.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

March 29, 2015 - 1:31am

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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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

March 29, 2015 - 1:31am

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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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

March 28, 2015 - 1:22pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

March 28, 2015 - 2:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

March 28, 2015 - 1:56am

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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