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With His Nora, O'Casey Strolled

Seán O'Casey's self-imposed exile from Dublin in 1926 inspires Liz Dolan to reflect on the playwright who championed the Irish working class. From the River Liffey to Grafton Street, stroll with Dolan through his haunts.
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In the Hands of the Weaver

The helping hands of neighbors penetrate the "undertow of sufferings" in Lima, Peru, where poverty bumps up against modern life. Join Deborah Guzzi, armed with the poetry of Cesar Vallejo, in her search for Mother Earth.
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El Capitán of Isla Negra

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo carries us, through the magic of her words, to Isla Negra, Chile, where she imagines El Capitán (Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda) in his stone cottage on the sand.
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Going Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless's fatal journey into the Alaskan interior, as recounted in Jon Krakauer's book, stirred intense feelings in Joseph Aultman-Moore. Could one do it right? Make fewer mistakes and survive? Join him on his quest.
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Landscape of My Childhood

Daniel Woodrell's Tomato Red enchants Heather Luby, who wants to talk to the main characters, scream at them, weep with them. In the end, the Missouri Ozarks have a way of inhabiting one's soul.
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When the Leaves Are Falling

After a breakup, Trish Falin heads to Vicenza, Italy, with a copy of A Poet to His Beloved, by W. B. Yeats. The city in autumn, and the longing in Yeats's words, open her heart.
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Insurgent Ferment

Chasing the legacy of the Beat writers of the fifties, Tina Rubin heads to San Francisco, where the names Ferlinghetti, Kerouc, and Ginsberg can still light up a room–starting with City Lights Books.
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