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"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."

—Charles Scribner, Jr.

 

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often? 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500 
    You don't need to plan a trip to find beauty and perspective. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, and stop for a moment every day to admire the beauty in the sky above and in our everyday lives.


Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years? 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500 
    For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.


How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone? 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500 
    For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.


Why Do We Undervalue Introverts? 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500 
    In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.


How Can We Find More Time To Be Still? 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:00 -0500 
    Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.


Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic' 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:00 -0500 
    When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.


Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience' 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:33:00 -0500 
    Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.


How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation' 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:33:00 -0500 
    Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.
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