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'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

For years, black children around Roanoke, Va., heard the cautionary tale of Willie and George Muse, African American albino brothers who were kidnapped and forced to perform in a series of circuses.

'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Immigration And A Mother's Love

Mark Slouka's new memoir Nobody's Son. It chronicles his family's life in Communist Czechoslovakia, their immigration to Pennsylvania and his difficult relationship with his troubled mother.

'Love For Sale': A History Of Pop Music That's As Personal As It Gets

NPR's Scott Simon talks to music critic David Hajdu about his new book, "Love For Sale," in which he chronicles the 100-plus year history of American pop music.

'Worst President Ever': One Author Says This Title Goes To James Buchanan

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Robert Strauss about his new book, "Worst. President. Ever." Strauss looks at James Buchanan's time in office and argues he led the country to demise.

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature in 2014 for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and is a finalist for another NBA this year. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2014.

'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

The actress became famous for her role in TV's Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.

Pregnancy Is Personal, Not Political, In 'The Mothers'

A teenager faces an unplanned pregnancy in this debut novel by Brit Bennett. The 26-year-old author says people don't necessarily ask themselves: What would I do if I were in this situation?

Vegan Chefs Show How To Make Even A Carrot The Centerpiece Of A Meal

V Street, the new cookbook by married chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, features recipes inspired by global street food. Jacoby says the right techniques can coax "amazing flavor" out of vegetables.
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Rep. John Lewis On His Graphic Novel Trilogy About The Civil Rights Movement

Congressman John Lewis is out with “March: Book Three.” It is the final installment of a trilogy of graphic novels about the civil rights movement. The congressman and his co-authors on teaching history to a new generation.


Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

The nearly 80-year-old artist has written a book called A History of Pictures. It's chock-full of art he's loved looking at, including one painter he credits with inventing Hollywood lighting.