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Searching High And Low For The 'American Spirit'

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Dan Kennedy, author of the novel American Spirit, which features a protagonist who is a little lost. In his effort to get un-lost, he takes on a crazy trip that includes a stint as a drug dealer, enrolls in a ceramics class and looks for some grand life plan in the skies over Yellowstone Park.
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Author Recounts Growing Up In 'Fairyland'

Childhood is a complicated journey for most of us: trying to fit in, trying to stand out and wanting to distance yourself from your parents one minute while wanting to grab onto them the next. Now on top of all that, imagine being raised by a single, gay father. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to author Alysia Abbott about her book, Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father.
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Mount Everest Climber Warns Of An Overpopulated Mountain

Perhaps no active climber is more closely associated with Mount Everest these days than Conrad Anker, who's also made the preservation of the world's highest mountain one of his priorities. If you've been to Mt. Everest, join our Sunday Conversation and tell us about your experience.
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'Nine Years' In A Baltimore Funeral Home

A summer job in a Baltimore funeral home turned into a nine-year career and lifelong passion for Sheri Booker. Her coming-of-age memoir recalls tears and trade secrets of the mortuary business.
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For One Family, A 'Double' Dose Alcoholism

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with best-selling mystery writer Martha Grimes and her son Ken Grimes about their new book, Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism.
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'Ten Black Men' Author Inspired By Music By Black Women

Author Andrea Davis Pinkney won this year's Coretta Scott-King award for her children's book, 'Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.' It's all about digging deeper into the lives of some of America's most important figures. For Tell Me More's occasional 'In Your Ear' series, she shares the songs that inspire her.

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