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Memoir Traces How Cartoonist Lost Her 'Marbles'

Just before her 30th birthday, Ellen Forney received a diagnosis that finally explained her super-charged highs and debilitating lows: bipolar disorder. In Marbles, a new graphic memoir, Forney recalls both the pain and the humor of her path to stability.
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A Refugee's Multilayered Experience In 'Ru'

Kim Thuy based her award-winning novel Ru on her own experiences as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam. She says the word "ru" has a poetic double meaning: In archaic French, it means a rill or stream, but in Vietnamese, it means a lullaby to soothe a child.
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The Motive Of The Mapmaker

From ancient Babylonia to the Renaissance, mapmakers have been driven by politics, religion, emotion, and math. In his new book, A History of the World in Twelve Maps, professor Jerry Brotton examines the construction of a dozen world maps throughout history and argues that world maps are no more objective today than they were thousands of years ago.
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A Readable Feast: Poems To Feed 'The Hungry Ear'

According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
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Mapping Virginia

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

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Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life" (Rebroadcast)

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists, but he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

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A Model Career: 'Grace' Goes From Runway To Vogue

In a new memoir, Grace Coddington explains how she grew up on a remote island off the coast of Wales, started modeling as a young woman and ended up as creative director at Vogue magazine. Coddington speaks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her life in the fashion industry.

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