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Single By Choice: Why Fewer American Women Are Married Than Ever Before

Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies, says the declining marriage rates among adult women are less about the institution of marriage and more about the choices available to women today.
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Sentenced To Death For Murder, A Woman Tells Her Story From 'Memory'

In Petina Gappah's new novel, an albino Zimbabwean woman named Memory is charged with murdering her adoptive father. She narrates the tale from inside a maximum security prison in Harare.
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'The Ballad Of Black Tom' Offers A Tribute And Critique Of Lovecraft

Growing up, Victor LaValle loved reading the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft. It wasn't until later that LaValle recognized the racism in Lovecraft's work and felt the need to respond.
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Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny

Author Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.
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'The Martian' Started As A Self-Published Book

The movie that was nominated for several Oscars began as a self-published book by Andy Weir. NPR's Lynn Neary looks at how an unknown author's book became a hit audio book and major motion picture.
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A Writer-Engineer's Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons

Before her first book, Naomi Novik was a programmer who wrote Napoleonic-era fan fiction on the side. Then she had an idea: "What could make the Napoleonic wars more exciting? Dragons!"
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Comedian Ben Bailey Smith Weaves Rapping Into Children's Book

What does rapping have in common with a good children's book? A lively beat and rhyme. Rapper, comedian and actor, Ben Bailey Smith speaks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about his book, "I Am Bear."
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'Imbeciles' Explores Legacy Of Eugenics In America

Adam Cohen's new book tells the story of the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell. The ruling permitted the state of Virginia to sterilize an "imbecile" — a scientific term of the day.
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Muhammad Ali And Malcolm X: A Broken Friendship, An Enduring Legacy

A new book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, explores how faith brought two African-American icons together and eventually tore their relationship apart.
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Social Media And Teenage Girls: Not Your Mother's Adolescence

In her book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, Nancy Jo Sales looks at the pressures on teenage girls socially and sexually. She talks to David Greene about her book.

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