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July 14, 2014 | NPR · Thousands of Palestinian residents are taking shelter. The fighting shows no signs of slowing, despite international calls for a ceasefire and growing concerns about the mounting civilian death toll.
 
July 14, 2014 | NPR · Political strife and unrest are powerful backdrops in the work of Palestinian writer Adania Shibli. She talks to Steve Inskeep about the mood in Ramallah.
 
July 14, 2014 | NPR · Germany takes home the 2014 World Cup title after a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday. It was a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Middle East correspondent Leila Fadel about the rift between Iraqi Kurds and Iraq's central government in Baghdad.
 
July 13, 2014 | NPR · Economists say lower-income Americans are better off when they live in an area with a diversity of income levels. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports on an area with a wide range of economic diversity, California's Venice Beach.
 
July 13, 2014 | NPR · The World Cup final takes place on Sunday in Brazil. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Russell Lewis in Rio de Janeiro about the match, which went into extra time with a score of 0-0.
 

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July 12, 2014 | NPR · More than 120 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since the current Israeli military operation began, and nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · Secretary of State John Kerry has helped the candidates in Afghanistan's contested election work out a formula to resolve their dispute over the runoff election results. All votes will be audited.
 

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Mar 14, 2014 — After a week spent searching for and wondering about the missing plane, author Alan Heathcock revisits the young adult novel Hatchet, and Jonathan Evison suggests Songs for the Missing.
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Nov 23, 2013 — When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon.
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Nov 11, 2013 — Young adult fiction writer Matt de la Peņa didn't finish reading a novel until he was in college. In his Mexican-American family, men who read books were seen as "soft." But he discovered his passion in literature, which he now shares with his young readers and family.
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Nov 3, 2013 — In 1980s Arkansas, everyone was abuzz with Satan-paranoia. In the middle of the chaos, a teenage Scott Hutchins came across Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. What he found wasn't demonic at all — instead, it was an eye-opening, complex narrative about sad failures, washed-up movie stars and wrecked marriages.
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Sep 30, 2013 — With dominant themes of hunger, class conflict and poverty, popular teen books like The Hunger Games and Divergent mirror today's fragile economic climate. Critic Marcela Valdes says the books reflect real-world fears, but their fanastical elements can also help young readers escape what might be a gloomy financial reality at home.
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Aug 7, 2013 — Also: A new short story by Stieg Larsson; Sherman Alexie's mullet; Rebecca Mead on Jane Austen.
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Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
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Jun 11, 2013 — NPR Books is replete with readers of grown-up books, but editor Petra Mayer prefers a good YA novel any day. She picks five (well, really six) of her favorite summer YA reads, from first love in 1980s Omaha to far-future Brazil and beyond.
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May 24, 2013 — At No. 13, a pilot fights to survive after a devastating pandemic in Peter Heller's The Dog Stars.
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May 6, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Hilary Mantel imagines Anne Boleyn's downfall, Martin Amis satirizes England, Paul Theroux sends a narrator back to the village he volunteered in, and Peter Heller depicts a post-apocalyptic life. In nonfiction, Robert Caro continues his LBJ biography.
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