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- 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands
In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands. [Sun, July 27]
- What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.
Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success. [Sun, July 27]
- Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store
NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan. [Sun, July 27]
- A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery
Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place. [Sun, July 27]
- Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less
Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else. [Sat, July 26]