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No Ants Were Harmed At These Picnics Of The Past

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:48am

There's something about eating outdoors that makes even a mundane meal feel special. In the spirit of the Fourth of July, we bring you nostalgic food ads and picnic scenes to inspire your feast.

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Book News: Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:45am

Also: Colum McCann was hospitalized following an attack at a Connecticut hotel; World Book Night suspends operations.

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A Primer On The 'Care And Management' Of Hope In Wartime

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:03am

Jacqueline Winspear — author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries — tackles the anniversary of World War I with a standalone novel following four intertwined, war-scarred lives, at home and in the trenches.

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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:07am

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.

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Addiction Battled Ambition For Reporter Caught In D.C.'s Crack Epidemic

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:05am

In the early '90s, Ruben Castaneda was a crime reporter for The Washington Post, and an addict who bought crack on the very streets he wrote about. His new book is called S Street Rising.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:04am

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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