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Gardeners

Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Natives And Exotics by Jane Alison. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Aug 12, 2010 — The protagonist of Naomi Hirahara's novels isn't a seasoned police detective or a private investigator — he's a gruff, 72-year-old gardener who lives in the hills above Pasadena, Calif. The Mas Arai character was inspired by Hirahara's father and guides readers into the hidden corners of L.A.'s Japanese-American communities.
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Jun 17, 2010 — Garden writer Bonnie Blodgett didn't know what her sense of smell meant to her — until she lost it. Her new book, Remembering Smell, describes what it's like to live in the world without being able to smell it — from the sweet aromas of springtime to the stench of sour milk.
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Oct 20, 2009 — Author Lisa See is drawn to books by Japanese-American women and the issues they tend to write about: love, race, identity, place and history — and its effect on the present.
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May 1, 2006 — Like many aspiring gardeners, William Alexander wondered what it would be like to be able to wander out into the yard, and pluck a ripe, juicy tomato from the vine anytime he wanted. In a new book, he explores the true costs — and joys — of working one's own soil.
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Dec 2, 2005 — With her gift book selections, NPR's Ketzel Levine will take you wandering through old maps and contemporary art galleries, courtside at the NBA, inside the minds of raucous high school kids, and into the embrace of poems.
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Jul 29, 2005 — Over his lifetime, poet Stanley Kunitz has received a Pulitzer, among other recognitions, and served as the nation's poet laureate... twice. As Kunitz turns 100, he reads from his poem, "The Long Boat."
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Jun 7, 2005 — Book critic Alan Cheuse recommends this lyrical series of chapters about generations of an Australian family, taking the reader through centuries and continents.
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