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Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like to Go to War (#110)

Marlantes says our soldiers are well trained to kill, but less well trained to live with it afterward. He writes from personal experience as a decorated Vietnam vet. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: WELL READ opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Timesbook editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material.

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    The riveting story of Edward Curtis, whose now-famous Native American photographs earned him scorn and poverty during his own lifetime. [26 minutes]

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    Chronicling the life and remarkable prison camp escape of North Korean Shin Dong-hyuk, Harden unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. [26 minutes]

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  • Jane Smiley, Some Luck (#411)

    A prize-winning American novelist, essayist and nonfiction writer, Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," a retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear story on an Iowa farm. [26 minutes]

  • Louise Penny, The Long Way Home (#412)

    Louise Penny is the Canadian author of a series of books featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Wildly popular, Penny's books are regulars on the New York Times Best Sellers list. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including the Agatha Award for mystery writing - four years in a row. [26 minutes]

  • Bryan A. Stevenson, Just Mercy (#413)

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  • Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (#414)

    Marlon James has written 12 books, including "The Book of Night Women, " which won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. His first novel, "John Crow's Devil," was a New York Times Editor's Choice and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Prize. His new book, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," explores the attempted assassination of Reggae superstar Bob Marley. Born in Jamaica, James teaches at Macalester College in Minnesota. [26 minutes]

  • John Henry Lanchester, How to Speak Money (#415)

    John Henry Lanchester is a journalist, novelist and non-fiction writer living in London. He is a contributing editor for the London Review of Books and has seven books to his credit, including "Capital, " a best-selling novel immersed in modern economic times and troubles. His first novel, "The Debt to Pleasure," won England's Whitbread Award for best first novel and was named a New York Times Notable Book. [26 minutes]

  • Anne Lammott, Small Victories (#416)

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  • William Gibson's The Peripheral (#420)

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  • Joyce Carol Oates' The Sacrifice (#421)

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  • Stein's A Sudden Light (#422)

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  • Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale (#424)

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