Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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NPR News: A Classics Professor Explains ‘Why Bob Dylan Matters’

A Classics Professor Explains ‘Why Bob Dylan Matters’
Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he’s turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.

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The Story of Appalachia, With Plenty of Villains

The novelist John Knowles (1926-2001) attended Phillips Exeter and Yale, and is the author of “A Separate Peace,” the quintessential American prep school novel. But he was born in West Virginia. Sometimes his fiction was set there.

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NPR News: ‘Dawn Watch’ Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

‘Dawn Watch’ Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad
Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff’s portrait of Conrad is terrific.

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‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

PRAIRIE FIRES The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder By Caroline Fraser Illustrated. 625 pp. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt. $35. Stretched past its capacity by the tumultuous migrations and movements of the 19th century, that orderly term “westward expansion” is ready for a break.

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NPR News: Charles Manson, Leader Of Murderous Cult, Dies At 83

Charles Manson, Leader Of Murderous Cult, Dies At 83
Rachel Martin talks to Jeff Guinn, author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, about the cult leader’s death. Manson has been in prison for orchestrating a series of murders in 1969.

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