Sun May 26, 2013
Author Interviews

The Women Who Inspired Other Women With 'Mary Tyler Moore'

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 8:22 am

The Mary Tyler Moore Show first aired in 1970.

In the sixties, many of the women on television were cute, a little silly, and married. Mary Richards, though, was single, sassy, and filled with joy. A new book about the Mary Tyler Moore Show focuses on the women behind the scenes of the show that's still inspiring women today.


Sun May 26, 2013
Author Interviews

A Spy's Son Grapples With A Lifetime Of Secrets

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 5:13 am

When Scott Johnson was a kid, he wasn't really sure what his dad did; he was either a teacher, a diplomat or a foreign service officer.

But one morning, when Johnson was 14, his father decided to tell him his real job: He was a spy for the CIA.

At first it was exciting, but as Johnson grew older, he began to wonder just how much his father was keeping from him. He tells the story of their complicated relationship in a new memoir called The Wolf and the Watchman.

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Sat May 25, 2013
Author Interviews

A Literary Tale Of Chechnya, The Horror And Whimsy

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 10:05 am

Russian soldiers take their position near the village of Shatoy, Chechnya.
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In his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra transports readers to Chechnya, a war-torn Russian republic that has long sought independence.

The lyrical and heart-breaking novel begins in 2004 when a doctor watches as Russian soldiers abduct his neighbor, who has been accused of aiding Chechen rebels. He later rescues the neighbor's 8-year-old daughter, then colludes with another doctor to form an unlikely family amid the daily violence.

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Sat May 25, 2013
Books News & Features

A Lost And Found 'Wonder': Pearl S. Buck's Final Novel

Pearl Buck was born in West Virginia but spent much of her childhood in China, where her parents worked as missionaries.
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Pearl S. Buck emerged into literary stardom in 1931 when she published a book called The Good Earth. That story of family life in a Chinese village won the novelist international acclaim, the Pulitzer and, eventually, a Nobel Prize. Her upbringing in China as the American daughter of missionaries served as inspiration for that novel and many others; by her death in 1973, Buck had written more than 100 books, including 43 novels.

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Sat May 25, 2013
Author Interviews

Gateway Arch 'Biography' Reveals Complex History Of An American Icon

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 11:19 am

The Gateway Arch "is really a monument to the 20th century and to the height of American power," says historian Tracy Campbell.
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The iconic Gateway Arch — overlooking the Mississippi River from the St. Louis side — took almost a generation to build, but the 630-foot monument hasn't transformed the city as hoped in the four decades that have followed.

Conceived in the 1940s and completed in the 1960s, the history of the signature American symbol is described in Tracy Campbell's new book, The Gateway Arch: A Biography. The story has some surprising twists — including, Campbell says, a very early vision of an arch by the Mississippi:

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