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—Carl Lotus Becker (1873-1945) American historian

 

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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone' 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:08:00 -0500 
    Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.


Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:15 -0500 
    An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.


In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:39:00 -0500 
    Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.


Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:09:00 -0500 
    The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.


Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:46:00 -0500 
    Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.


Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:37:29 -0500 
    In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.


Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down' 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:49:00 -0500 
    A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."


The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:43:00 -0500 
    Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.


Book News: Note That Helped Put Kerouac 'On The Road' Is Now On The Block 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:56:00 -0500 
    Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology.


Al Michaels On Great Sports Moments That He's Witnessed 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:16:00 -0500 
    Al Michaels' book covers Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and working with legends. David Greene meets the play-by-play voice, and talks to Michaels about his book, You Can't Make This Up.


How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:14:00 -0500 
    God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.


These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange' 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."


Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs' 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:51:00 -0500 
    NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.


'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:03:13 -0500 
    Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of November 20, 2014 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:03:20 -0500 
    Provence, 1970 examines the early American modern food movement and its pioneers, including James Beard and Julia Child. It appears at No. 13.
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