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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

'Sea of Poppies': An Epic Tale Of Opium And Empire()  

January 7, 2009 In Sea of Poppies, a British trading ship carrying an eclectic group of passengers sets sail on the eve of the First Opium War. The novel, the sixth from Amitav Ghosh, was shortlisted for the 2008 Booker Prize.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Music Lessons From A Master: 'Hallelujah Junction'()  

December 31, 2008 In a new memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams chronicles his life and offers insights into his acclaimed –- and often controversial — operas and orchestral works.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Vivid Memoir From The Youngest McCourt()  

December 23, 2008 The McCourt family gained fame through the books of brothers Frank and Malachy. In A Long Stone's Throw, the youngest brother, Alphie, shares a colorful account of his own life in Ireland and America.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Atwood Explores The 'Shadow Side Of Wealth'()  

December 16, 2008 In Payback, a timely collection of essays, novelist Margaret Atwood examines the ancient and central role that debt has played in our culture, literature and societies.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Getting Inside Carl Capotorto's 'Twisted Head'()  

December 9, 2008 Carl Capotorto's family name translates as "twisted head," which, he says, "is no accident." In his new memoir, The Sopranos actor describes growing up Italian American and gay in the Bronx.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

'Toss of a Lemon' Delves Into India's Divided Past()  

December 2, 2008 Drawing on tales from her grandmother's life, debut novelist Padma Viswanathan depicts the intense social and political changes of the past century in India in The Toss of a Lemon.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Listen To The 2008 National Book Award Winners()  

November 25, 2008 A novel about a notorious Florida outlaw and a history of Thomas Jefferson's hidden slave family were among the winners at the 59th annual awards.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Comic John Hodgman Shares 'More Information'()  

November 18, 2008 In More Information Than You Require, the follow-up to the best-selling The Areas of My Expertise, John Hodgman offers another compilation of false facts and trivia.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Challenging The Stereotypes Of Modern Iran()  

November 11, 2008 In The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, Hooman Majd, an Iranian-American writer and the grandson of an ayatollah, travels behind "Persian walls" to provide a revealing look at modern Iran.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

'Ghost Train' Retraces Theroux's Past Journeys()  

November 4, 2008 More than 30 years after documenting a trip through Europe, the Middle East and Asia in The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux re-creates the voyage in Ghost Train to the Eastern Star.

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