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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.


In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:00 -0400 
    Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.


Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:12 -0400 
    In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.


Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.


'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:11:00 -0400 
    In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.


What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends. 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:11:25 -0400 
    Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.


Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.


Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:09:50 -0400 
    Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.


'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400 
    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400 
    In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.


When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0400 
    Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.


Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:00 -0400 
    Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.


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.


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.
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