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  • Co-Mix cover
    11:28am Sep 14, 2013
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    Art Spiegelman Reflects On 60 Years Of Pen And Ink

    Art Spiegelman's new book, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, collects comics from a six-decade career, from his early, self-published works to his famous New Yorker covers. Spiegelman tells NPR's Scott Simon he knew in third grade that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
  • Dissident Gardens cover
    5:48pm Sep 12, 2013
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    In These 'Gardens,' The Tree Rings Of The Radical Left

    Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.
  • Duplex cover
    5:22pm Sep 10, 2013
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    An Alternate Universe Delights In Complex, Perplexing 'Duplex'

    Books about quantum mechanics can be pretty dry stuff. But when a novelist conjures up multiple worlds, the results can be spellbinding, even when it's no easy read. Such is the case with Duplex, the latest book from Kathryn Davis. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin, says this one's worth the effort.
  • Wilson cover
    4:41pm Sep 10, 2013
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    Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House

    No. 28 was the first president to team up with America's legislative branch, and he used a groundbreaking moral argument to get the U.S. involved in World War I. A. Scott Berg's new book, Wilson, fills in missing pieces of the president's life.
  • Sheri Fink's first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival, followed medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    Jen Dessinger
    7:08am Sep 10, 2013
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    During Katrina, 'Memorial' Doctors Chose Who Lived, Who Died

    With waters rising and their hospital on the verge of losing power, Memorial Medical Center staff were faced with an ethical question: Who to save first? Sheri Fink reconstructs their decisions — from hastening patients' deaths to evacuating the sickest last — in Five Days at Memorial.
  • If You Could Be Mine
    5:33pm Sep 07, 2013
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    'Be Mine': Love And Identity Tangled In Tehran

    In her debut novel, Iranian-American Sara Farizan tells the story of two teenage girls, secretly in love. Sahar faces a crisis when she discovers Nasrin is engaged, and considers gender-reassignment surgery as a way for them to stay together. Farizan speaks with NPR's Jacki Lyden about the book and her own struggle with her sexual orientation.
  • 3:48pm Sep 05, 2013
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    Tina Brown: Women Are Terrifyingly Vulnerable In Many Places

    For our regular feature "Word of Mouth," Renee Montagne talks with Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and founder of the annual Women in the World summit. She has three must-reads on women whose lives were changed by kidnapping and captivity.