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"The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom; And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former."

—Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Self Help -1859

 

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:00 -0400 
    Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.


Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:02:00 -0400 
    Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.


Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:29:00 -0400 
    Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.


London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.


By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:17:00 -0400 
    When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.


On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:00 -0400 
    Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.


Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:53:43 -0400 
    Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.


Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:42:00 -0400 
    Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.


Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:15:00 -0400 
    Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.


When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:33:00 -0400 
    When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.


How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.' 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:14:00 -0400 
    Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)


The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:14:00 -0400 
    "There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.


Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.


An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies' 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:04:02 -0400 
    Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.


To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee 
  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    Marja Mills spent more than a year living next door to reclusive author Harper Lee and her sister. She documents that time in The Mockingbird Next Door. But Lee says she never authorized the book.
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