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Confessions Of A Former 'Sweet Valley High' Addict

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:25am

Although she's loath to admit it, author Cristina Henriquez used to love Sweet Valley High. She explains why this "all-American" series meant so much to her as an awkward half-Panamanian 5th grader.

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Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.

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'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.

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Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

Film director Richard Linklater's latest movie, Boyhood, was shot over 12 years. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who's spent over a decade shooting the movie.

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'Angels' FInd Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to an interracial enclave in New Jersey.

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Tracking The World's Famous Most Unread Books

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Jordan Ellenberg about his part-serious, part-playful Hawking Index, which is an e-book-era mathematical measurement of how far readers get into books before giving up.

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History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:03am

There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.

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