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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:17pm

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.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:20pm

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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Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:42am

Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent, Civil Rights Past

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

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.

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Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in hit TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86 years old.

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Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Shaun Thompson, the man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.

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Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 3:41pm

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:33pm

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.

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At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:40am

The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream.

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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:48am

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

"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.

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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

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.)

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Take A Ride On The Plural Side

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:03am

Two clues will be given. The first answer will be a brand name that sounds like it's plural; change the first letter to spell a new word that answers the second clue.

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Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:03am

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.

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An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:04am

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.

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Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:22pm

On Saturday night, the Television Critics Association hands out its 30th annual round of awards, and the big winners are from cable TV, broadcast TV, and even new spaces entirely.

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To Meet A 'Mockingbird:' Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

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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Author Finds The Human Side Of The IMF

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

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Elaine Stritch: 'I'm Not Easy'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

The legendary actress Elaine Stritch died this week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers her career and an interview he had with her earlier this year.

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