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The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power.

Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth—an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails. It won both the Hugo and Nebula, and rose to the top of national bestseller lists. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player version 9 or above is required to play this audio clip.

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Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Orson Scott Card , an acclaimed science fiction writer, confessed that as a child, he did not consider writing as a career. His first love, then and now, is teaching. Only after majoring in theater in college and traveling to Brazil as a missionary did his literary side awaken, eventually leading him to become a New York Times best-selling author.

Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife and children. Kidd Women of Genesis. Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages.

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Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them, inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing home aid and Wal-Mart salesperson. It went on to win the Putlizer prize in and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

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Now with over 15 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, "To Kill a Mockingbird" follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus—three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley.

Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. Harper Lee is an elusive figure. Since the publication of her first and only known novel, she has carefully guarded her privacy and does not give interviews.

Her parents were Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee, and she is the youngest of four children, including two sisters and a brother. She went to Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama, where she studied law.

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Though her father and older sister, Alice, were lawyers, Lee herself left law school before finishing her degree. In the s she worked as an airline clerk in New York City, and in she submitted the manuscript of a novel to Lippincott. In , she went with her childhood friend Truman Capote on whom the character Dill Harris is said to be based to Kansas as a research assistant for the book that would become In Cold Blood Capote dedicated the book partially to her, and invited Lee to what has become one of the most famous parties of the twentieth century — his glamorous Black and White ball in honor of Katherine Graham.

In recent years, Lee has split her time between New York and Monroeville, where she lives with her sister. Aside from her famous novel, Harper Lee has written only four essays for publication. Many speculate that she has written books under another name or that she has been working on her memoirs or other novels, but there is no confirmation of these rumors. However, it is hard to believe that Harper Lee has given up writing.

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I like to write. In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether.

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A teenage girl—her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house—is pregnant and alone with nowhere to go. From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together— their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station, their confusion, curiosity, dignity and humor intact and resonant. So all my stories occur in the part of the world that I love most, the high plains of Colorado.

I grew up there and it is that place in the world that I have a holy response to.

It is not pretty. But it is beautiful. You have to know how to look at it. It forces you to slow way down and look, really look. Many of the characters in this novel find themselves, at one time or another, in danger—either of sexual or physical assault or emotional abandonment.

Why does this idea of being on the brink of danger keep recurring? Also, risk and danger are a part of life, and these people have to experience all these to make them seem real. The relationship between the McPheron brothers and Victoria Roubideaux is so compelling. What was your inspiration for this unusual combination of two old bachelors and a young pregnant teen?

Writing, in my experience, is more a matter of writing out of deep emotion and trying to focus on people and conditions that are significant.

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Stories come out of hurt and brooding about these hurts and pondering people and the conditions of their lives. And in the case of the McPherons and Victoria Roubideaux, I want to believe that it is possible for people to respond generously and affectionately to one another even in the strangest and most unusual of circumstances.

In the current state of human affairs, the idea of family has to be expanded to include old men and pregnant teenage girls, who are initially strange to one another, who are not united by blood but by mutual good will. When his wife moves out, Tom is left with the job of caring for his two young sons.

What made you want to explore the role that men fathers and father figures play in raising children and also explore this idea of mothers who in one way or another leave their children? I had nothing doctrinaire in mind. I could also point out that Iva Stearns and Victoria Roubideaux both mothers, both women are the sole caregivers of their own children.