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7:44am

Wed February 6, 2013
Books

Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:26 am

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In the 1970s, a young man named Paul Haggis was walking down a street in Ontario, Canada. He encountered a man peddling a book.

"And he handed the book to Paul, and he said, 'You've got a mind — this is the owner's manual,' " journalist Lawrence Wright tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "And inside, there was a stamp saying 'Church of Scientology,' and Paul was intrigued, and he said, 'Take me there.' " Haggis soon became a member of the Church of Scientology — and he's a central character in Wright's new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

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6:34am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:53 am

Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
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5:40am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Mary Ingalls May Not Have Gone Blind From Scarlet Fever

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:30 pm

Mary Ingalls, the sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, went blind from illness at age 14.
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4:26am

Tue February 5, 2013
Books News & Features

Woody Guthrie's 'House Of Earth' Calls 'This Land' Home

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:51 am

The cover of House of Earth is an oil painting that Guthrie made in 1936 called In El Rancho Grande.
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Woody Guthrie wrote thousands of songs in his lifetime — but as far as anyone knows, he only wrote one novel. Recently discovered, House of Earth is the story of a young couple living in the Texas Panhandle in the 1930s. They dream of building a house that will withstand the bitter winds and ever-present dust that constantly threaten the flimsy wooden shack they call home.

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5:33am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Myanmar Celebrates As Censorship Recedes; And Oh Those Seussian Hats

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 10:56 am

A sea of Seuss hats at an event at the Library of Congress in 2010.
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