Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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NPR News: How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother’s Living Room Lab

How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother’s Living Room Lab
“The language of type can be immensely clarifying,” says author Merve Emre. In The Personality Brokers she describes how a mother-daughter duo started a multi-million dollar “people sorting” industry.

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NPR News: Ashley Toliver’s ‘Spectra’ Is Her First Major Book Of Poems

Ashley Toliver’s ‘Spectra’ Is Her First Major Book Of Poems
NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Ashley Toliver about her collection of poems entitled Spectra. It examines the writer’s experiences with relationships, giving birth and living with cancer.

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NPR News: Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention
“I don’t think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint,” says biographer Jonathan Eig. “He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed.” Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2017.

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NPR News: Javier Cercas Uncovers The Truth Behind Spain’s ‘Impostor’

Javier Cercas Uncovers The Truth Behind Spain’s ‘Impostor’
In his new book, The Impostor, Javier Cercas unravels the lies that created the life of Enric Marco — a man who for years portrayed himself as a Holocaust survivor and Spanish Civil War hero.

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NPR News: Khaled Hosseini Says A Succinct ‘Sea Prayer’ For A Refugee’s Journey

Khaled Hosseini Says A Succinct ‘Sea Prayer’ For A Refugee’s Journey
The novelist known for his epic works about Afghanistan turns his attention to the human impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in a slim, poetic, illustrated book.

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NPR News: Memoir: ‘Not For The Faint Of Heart’

Memoir: ‘Not For The Faint Of Heart’
Wendy Sherman tells NPR’s Michel Martin about her unlikely rise from social worker to high-stakes negotiator with North Korea and Iran, a story laid out in her memoir, Not for the Faint of Heart.

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NPR News: She Thought Her Family Was Middle Class, Not Broke In The Richest Country On Earth

She Thought Her Family Was Middle Class, Not Broke In The Richest Country On Earth
In Heartland, author Sarah Smarsh explores what working class looks like in the United States while reflecting upon her own life experiences growing up in the Midwest.

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