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These Books Amp Up The Adrenaline In Summer Reading  |   

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Jonah Ogles, editor of Outside Magazine, about adventure reads — summer books about survival. On his list: a tale of an 11-year-old who survives a plane crash.

The Bonds Of Friendship Stay Strong In 'Stranger'  |   

Newbery Medal-winning author Rebecca Stead says her latest, Goodbye Stranger, is about love and how it helps a trio of seventh-grade girls stay friends through the challenges of middle school.

At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'  |   

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund — and an apology.

Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'  |   

The Met says it is committed to "colorblind casting" and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

How Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup  |   

In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical poet, who hated slavery but loved tea.

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