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July 21, 2012 A new National Archives exhibit charts the stories of 19th and early 20th century immigrants to America through documents and photographs attached to their case files. For one historian, one of these "attachments" turned out to be "like a breakthrough discovery of a lifetime."
July 19, 2012 Wild author Cheryl Strayed, aka "Dear Sugar," shares her big-hearted relationship advice, while Elaine Sciolino investigates the French art of everyday seduction and Elissa Schappell delivers a story collection about the paradoxes of the feminine psyche.
July 18, 2012 Set in the Rocky Mountains after an epidemic has killed off most of society, The Dog Stars, by adventure writer Peter Heller, casts an unusual mood as it alternates between elegiac reflection, lyrical nature writing and intense, high-caliber action. The Dog Stars will be published on Aug. 7.
July 16, 2012 Covey advocated for a moral transformation in business. To do good, he said, you have to be good.
July 16, 2012 For author Bruce DeSilva, Providence, R.I.'s storied history of mob violence and small-town sense of intimacy make it the perfect place to set his crime fiction. The only trouble, he says, is toning down the truth just enough to make it believable.
July 15, 2012 Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
July 13, 2012 American author Donna Leon uses the Italian city as the backdrop for her Commissario Brunetti detective stories. In Leon's Venice, the violence usually occurs at dawn. This piece, part of our Crime in the City series, originally aired August 8, 2007 on Morning Edition.
July 5, 2012 Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
June 26, 2012 When Colum McCann came to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1980s, he set out on a cross-country bicycle trip to get to know his new country and its stories. He's spent the years since telling those tales through prose. With his Story Swap project, McCann is helping diverse communities better understand each other by sharing their own stories.