The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: An afternoon with Philip Pullman. Tom Hanks' typewriter obsession. Amy Tan's roots. Ron Chernow's new book on Ulysses S. Grant. And an appreciation of poet and translator Richard Wilbur.
Sandor Marai, (whose given name was Sandor Karoly Henrik Grosschmid), was forced to leave Hungary in 1948, when communist rule overtook the country. He later lived in Italy and San Diego, Calif.
David Cassidy, star of the television show The Partridge Family, walks down a road in London in 1974. Allison Pearson's new novel I Think I Love You tells the story of a teenage girl in love with the American pop singer.
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Johanna Adorjan, author of An Exclusive Love, was born in Stockholm and now lives in Berlin. She is an editor of the culture section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and also writes theater and screenplay works.
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Teju Cole, author of Open City, grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and now lives in New York. He has worked as a photographer, and studied early Netherlandish art. Open City is his first novel.
Karen Russell was born in Miami and now lives in New York. The story of Swamplandia! first appeared in "Ava Wrestles the Alligator," from Russell's collection of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, published in 2006.