The Big Book recommendations of 2016

Dec 9, 2016
We talk to a lot of authors on our show. Here are some titles that stood out in 2016.
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How do authors make money from library books?

Jul 25, 2016
Most of them aren't donations. Think of them as prepaid.
Stanford University's library.
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The Adventures of Mark Twain’s debt

May 6, 2016
The great American author was a not-so-great investor.
Archival picture of Mark Twain circa 1884.  
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Kids' publishing phenomenon Beverly Cleary turns 100

Apr 12, 2016
With more than 90 million books sold, the children's author is a literary force.
Beverly Cleary in Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Discovering Beverly Cleary."
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One-time novelists who left their mark

Feb 19, 2016
Harper Lee, author of the beloved 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' died Friday.
 Author Harper Lee received the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 
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The founding of the somewhat United States

Oct 23, 2015
Lafayette's influence is everywhere in America.
In 1781, Gens. Rochambeau and Washington, with the Marquis de Lafayette, give the last orders for attack in "Siege of Yorktown" by Auguste Couder.
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John Green doesn't call himself a writer

Oct 19, 2015
But he's still a best-selling author. And he's keeping his YouTube day job.

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The business of being naked

Jun 5, 2015
Nude tourism is an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

Shhh ... we're talking about Fight Club

We're breaking the rules to talk about the sequel to Fight Club.

Jon Ronson on the renaissance of public shaming

Apr 17, 2015
Dealing with collective outrage in the digital age.