April 30, 2010 Daniel Clowes' new comic, Wilson, about a middle-aged misanthrope who lives for the sound of his own voice, will be familiar territory for the author's fans. But Glen Weldon says that Clowes' dark humor is as lacerating as ever.
April 29, 2010 There are plenty of online book clubs, but what about Twitter? Jeff Howe of Wired magazine is tweaking the One Book, One City phenomenon by trying to get millions of people to pick a novel and then discuss it on Twitter. Users voted, and soon they'll start reading the winner, Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
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April 29, 2010 In Lords of Finance, Liaquat Ahamed looks at the origins of the Great Depression and lays blame with the central bankers of Britain, France, Germany and the United States.
April 29, 2010 Garth Stein looks at life through the eyes of the family dog in The Art of Racing in the Rain. This week is the novel's 46th on the Paperback Fiction bestseller list.
April 29, 2010 Sarah Silverman shares her experiences as a bedwetter, a little sister, a Jewish kid growing up in New England and an aspiring stand-up comic in her new memoir, The Bedwetter.
April 29, 2010 The Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson has researched and taught about ants for years. In Anthill, his characters make up large colonies that engage in a series of wars on the side of a lake in rural southern Alabama.
April 29, 2010 The mega best-selling author is famous for her glamorous characters, women who pay a price, but ultimately triumph in their professional and romantic battles. In her latest book, “Big Girl: A Novel,” Steel’s heroine often finds that her biggest fight is with her weight. Host Michel Martin speaks with Danielle Steel about her book, “Big Girl.”
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Song of Myself was included in Walt Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass. Whitman paid for the publication of the first edition himself.
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April 29, 2010 Robert Hass, the former poet laureate of the United States, explores one of Walt Whitman's most iconic poems, Song of Myself — and shares his opinion about why the poem still resonates 155 years after it was written.
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James Wilkinson rose to the rank of brigadier general during the Revolutionary War, and after a break from military service was commissioned a major general in the War of 1812.
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April 28, 2010 In An Artist In Treason, author Andro Linklater recounts the double life of Revolutionary War hero James Wilkinson and how he won the trust of America's first presidents — while selling their secrets to Spain.
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April 28, 2010 There are many myths about suicide: that it's an act of selfishness, that it's cowardly, that it's just a cry for help. In Myths About Suicide, Thomas Joiner says much of what we assume is wrong, and explains why it's so important to better understand this heart-wrenching facet of human behavior.
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April 28, 2010 On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. For the next two months, the man who shot him, James Earl Ray, was able to evade the FBI during a massive worldwide manhunt. Writer Hampton Sides traces the movements of both King and Ray in his new book, Hellhound on His Trail.
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April 28, 2010 David Goodwillie mashes politics, comedy, thriller and romance into one ambitious novel about gossip blogger Aidan Cole pursuing a romance with the beautiful Paige Roderick, an American terrorist bomber driven by her brother's death in Iraq.
Lange's "Migrant Mother" is one of her most famous photographs.
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April 28, 2010 The photographer captured some of the most enduring images of the Great Depression. Linda Gordon, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, says Lange had the power to draw people out, but she herself was very private.
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April 27, 2010 Tired of trying to break through the filibusters, steep the tea, climb the summits? In an era dominated by partisan shouting, Christine Rosen offers a reading list that should appeal to anyone — conservative and liberal alike — feeling left out of the debate.
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April 27, 2010 Some Muslims hope to create political, economic and educational opportunities for women, while others condemn women's empowerment as anti-Islamic. A new brand of feminism is taking hold in the Middle East and beyond. It's led, more often than not, by women.
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