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Villages

Sep 11, 2011 — The rolling green hills and charming villages of the English countryside have inspired many a contemplative novel. Author Jesse Browner describes why none are quite so lovely as J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Madeleine Is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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May 26, 2006 — Here's a way to travel, without suffering the high prices of fuel these days: Read one of Alan Cheuse's summer reading book picks. One of them is bound to move you someplace beyond your beach chair.
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May 26, 2006 — "Popular new British experimental novelist David Mitchell goes back into his own past and returns with what's for him a conventional story about growing up in England," writes Alan Cheuse of this selection in his roundup of summer reading for All Things Considered.
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Dec 12, 2005 — Time to read during the holidays, away from school and work, is a gift you give yourself, author and book critic Alan Cheuse says. His suggested list of 2005 holiday gifts includes tales of space, dinosaurs, music and a mystical poet.
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Dec 12, 2005 — This novel by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is "a wonderful combination of Virginia Woolf and Freud and Jung, and Bynum's own gifts for imagery and wordplay," says book critic Alan Cheuse in his holiday roundup for All Things Considered.
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Oct 2, 2005 — Novelist Louise Erdrich returns to the Ojibwe world in her latest work, but The Painted Drum also explores human relationships. The central character steals the title object in order to give it back to its rightful owners.
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Oct 13, 2004 — The 20 finalists for the 2004 National Book Awards were announced today, and for the first time in the awards' 55-year history, all five of the fiction finalists are women. Greta Cunningham of Minnesota Public Radio reports.
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