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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:03:14 -0400 
    Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.


Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book 
  Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:26:00 -0400 
    Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book, American Ghost, is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.


A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic 
  Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:13:00 -0400 
    In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.


'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem 
  Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:34:00 -0400 
    Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.


Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure 
  Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.


For Banks 'Too Big To Jail,' Prosecutors Count On A Promise To Behave 
  Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:41:00 -0400 
    A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off on punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.


'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:46:00 -0400 
    Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.


Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:11:00 -0400 
    John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."


'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:19:00 -0400 
    Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.


Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:59:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.


Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0400 
    Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.


After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:51:00 -0400 
    A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.


Not My Job: Richard Price (AKA Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:17:00 -0400 
    For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.


'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400 
    Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."


'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From' 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400 
    "A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.

LDL Staff Picks

Elvis and the Dearly Departed
3 of 5 stars true
If you are or ever were an Elvis fan you will appreciate these books by Peggy Webb. Elvis is a hound dog (of course) who thinks he is the real Elvis. ~LDL Staff
Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fast-Food-Fueled Car, and a Cross-Country Trip in Search of a Greener Future
3 of 5 stars true
Two friends set across the United States in their previously diesel-fueled car that was converted to run on cooking oil in order to examine alternatives for cleaner energy. The friends learn that Al Gore lives in an energy-hogging mansio...
Winter Garden
3 of 5 stars true
This book is beautifully written and I learned a great deal about what happened in Russia during the reign of Stalin. My favorite book, of late. ~LDL Staff
Poison Study
4 of 5 stars true
Fast-paced, this book is hard to put down. ~LDL Staff

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