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Not Lonely Now

Was 1940s Los Angeles a lonely place? How about now? Join Tisha Reichle as she steps into the realm of L.A. noir characterized by killer Dix Steele, a Dorothy B. Hughes creation, and decide for yourself.
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In the Arms of an Angel

Follow Lord Byron's travels in Greece with Ruth Kozak, a history buff and Greece expert who has the inside angle on this Romantic poet, known as much for his mystery as his poetry.
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Heartbreak and Hope

Diane Sherlock explores China through the eyes of Jung Chang, whose memoir, Wild Swans, was banned there. From Beijing to Shanghai, Diane learns that whatever you say about China, the opposite is also true.
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The Gibraltar of Greece

When Ruth Kozak visits Monemvasia, she finds echoes of Yannis Ritsos, one of Greece's most beloved poets and novelists.
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The Sky the Bay Her Eyes

Was Nathaniel Hawthorne drunk on Nantucket Sound's tangy salt air–or was it the innkeeper's daughter? Liz Rose Dolan has a pretty good idea about the inspiration for The Scarlet Letter.
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Walking with Elihu

In five poems, Taylor Graham imagines walking the precipitous cliffs and zigzag trails with Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith, as he treks north through Scotland during the Industrial Revolution.
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The Poet's Face

Even in death, John Keats makes a stunning impression on Linda McCauley Freeman when she visits the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, where the English Romantic poet died at 25.
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Quiet Like a Canonized Saint

Amid the New England confection of poets' meditation gardens, Phylinda Moore discovers Stanley Kunitz's world–while the poet himself was dying in New York.
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At Inis Meáin He Rides to the Sea

The tragedy and language of John Millington Synge's play Riders to the Sea inspire Liz Rose Dolan to visit the Aran Islands, where she contemplates life, death, and the cruelty of the sea.
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