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"There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them."

—Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps, Nobel


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Left To Fend For Himself, 'Pax' The Fox Must Find His Human Friend 
  Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:40:00 -0500 
    To research her new novel for young readers, author Sara Pennypacker consulted with a red fox expert. Her takeaway? "They're brilliant. Foxes are so brilliant," she says.

When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet 
  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:02:00 -0500 
    "It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.

At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full' 
  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:29:00 -0500 
    Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting) 
  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:13:00 -0500 
    Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.

Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It' 
  Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:39:00 -0500 
    The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.

How Do You Spot A Nonconformist? You Can Start With Their Internet Browser 
  Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:50:00 -0500 
    According to Adam Grant, a person's preferred browser is one way to tell whether they accept or reject the defaults in their life. His new book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character 
  Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:25:00 -0500 
    In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer' 
  Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:53:00 -0500 
    Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste 
  Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:56:00 -0500 
    Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

Author Yann Martel On 'That Deeply Unreasonable Phenomenon' Of Faith 
  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:25:00 -0500 
    Martel's new book, The High Mountains of Portugal, shares some themes with his 2001 novel, Life of Pi: Both feature animals (in this case, a chimpanzee) and both struggle with questions of faith.

Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'? 
  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:19:00 -0500 
    CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others.

How China's One-Child Policy Led To Forced Abortions, 30 Million Bachelors 
  Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:43:00 -0500 
    Journalist Mei Fong tells Fresh Air that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is One Child.

To Rebuild 'The Collapse Of Parenting,' It's Going To Be A Challenge 
  Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:44:00 -0500 
    Parents struggle with the balance of being a friend versus being a taskmaster. Their job, says Dr. Leonard Sax, is to "keep your child safe" and "give kids choices in some domains but not in others."

Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety And Warhol As A Hoarder 
  Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:10:00 -0500 
    Journalist Claudia Kalb uses biographical material and modern-day mental health to get inside the heads of history's great personalities. Her new book is called Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder.

Alexander Chee's Voice Shines Through In 'Queen Of The Night' 
  Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:29:00 -0500 
    The long-awaited novel follows a famous opera singer on her journey of constant reinvention. Despite the 19th century France setting, Chee admits there are autobiographical elements.
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