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William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories' 
  Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:03:00 -0400 
    "I've always wanted to write fiction and nonfiction at the same time," Vollmann says. In recent years he's written nonfiction, but his new work is a collection of stories about love, lust and ghosts.

Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God' 
  Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:51:00 -0400 
    The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.

'The Interior Circuit' Meditates On Grief And Mexico City 
  Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:51:00 -0400 
    Francisco Goldman has written a kind of love letter to the Mexican capital in his new book, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle. He talks with NPR's Arun Rath about this nonfiction work.

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored' 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:54:40 -0400 
    Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.

'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:54:00 -0400 
    Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.

'Angels' Find Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:36:00 -0400 
    NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to a refuge in New Jersey.

History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.

A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing' 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:35:00 -0400 
    Robin Black's Life Drawing follows an artist couple working through the pain of a past betrayal. "It's ... a fascinating subject," Black says. "Who stays together and how do they manage it?"

In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:18:44 -0400 
    T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.

'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police 
  Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:39:36 -0400 
    A tip from an informant helped two reporters discover what they call rampant corruption within Philadelphia's police department. Their award-winning reporting is the subject of the book Busted.

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' 
  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:33:00 -0400 
    Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder 
  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:33:00 -0400 
    Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.

Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist 
  Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:19:00 -0400 
    The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.

Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything' 
  Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    After losing 12 years of her career to the communist blacklist, the actress and director spent decades lying about her age to make up for lost time. Her new memoir recounts her life in Hollywood.

'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked 
  Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:53:00 -0400 
    Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.
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