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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 9, 2008 — Frank Schaeffer's parents were best-selling authors who were instrumental in linking the evangelical community with the anti-abortion movement. But after helping to organize religious fundamentalists politically, Schaeffer had a crisis of faith and a change of heart.
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Dec 4, 2007 — In his new novel, the author of Election and Little Children returns to anxiety-struck suburbia. Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher delicately explores the friction in a high school sex education class.
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Nov 2, 2007 — Author Tom Perrotta's novels Election and Little Children were made into rather successful movies. He has another novel out this fall: The Abstinence Teacher. Is it worth reading before it hits theaters?
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Apr 2, 2007 — Aimee Semple McPherson was one of the first preachers to wed Christian fundamentalism with Hollywood-style theatrics and tabloid-worthy controversy. The charismatic Sister Aimee's story is told in a new book and PBS documentary.
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