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A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am

Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."

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'I Take You' Is Madcap Marital Mayhem

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:03am

Eliza Kennedy's snappy new novel follows Lily Wilder, a high-powered litigator conflicted about her upcoming wedding because she's having too much fun with sex, booze and work to settle down.

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A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:03am

Artist Jennifer Rodgers' father was hospitalized for seven months with sepsis before he died. She used the creative process to try to comprehend his suffering and her loss.

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From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:23pm

The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007's tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.

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With Comedic Touch, 'Zombie Wars' Tackles Impact Of Real Violence

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:23pm

The main character in Aleksandar Hemon's new book is a hapless screenwriter who's never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war.

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A Puzzle With Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 7:03am

Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, "skin" is an anagram of "sink."

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Orson Welles, Famous In Film, Also Brought Radio To Life

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:45am

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this week, is well-known for breaking new ground in theater and film. But, as author Colin Fleming tells NPR's Rachel Martin, he also did significant work in radio.

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Demystifying The Art World In 'Playing To The Gallery'

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:45am

Have you ever stared at a piece of art and thought, I just don't get it? Artist Grayson Perry gives NPR's Rachel Martin the answers to questions about art that some are too embarrassed to ask.

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An Ohio Couple Would Like To Forget 'A Gronking To Remember'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 4:48pm

A lawsuit alleges that the popular erotica e-book — which centers on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — used an engagement photo on its cover without permission.

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Author Hopes Holocaust-Themed Picture Book Will Prompt Conversations

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 4:48pm

Jane Yolen's latest is a children's book about a family trying to survive the Holocaust in France. "I consider Stone Angel a kind of starting place for parents to talk to their kids," she says.

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John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 2:34pm

"After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy.

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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:12am

She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.

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Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:22am

Thirty years ago the Coca Cola company introduced New Coke, which is legendary as both the most disastrous, and most successful product launches of all time.

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'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.

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Above The Fray: Mafate Offers A Roadless, Island Isolation

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

On La Réunion, a remote Indian Ocean island, one community lives in a collapsed volcanic crater, reachable only by foot or helicopter. We bring you an audio postcard.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

The musical's heroine was inspired by an English-Indian governess who really did travel to the king of Siam's court. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, has received nine Tony nominations.

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Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:03am

Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.

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At 81, The Man Behind Big Bird Sees 'No Reason To Quit'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 4:34am

"It's an awfully good job," Caroll Spinney says, of the more than 40 years he has spent on Sesame Street. A new documentary tells the story of the octogenarian man playing a 6-year-old bird.

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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:49pm

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."

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