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Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her"

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

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Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life"

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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Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

From the comedian and digital director of The Onion, a satirical self-help book for anyone who has a black friend, wants to be the next black president or speak for the black community.
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'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. The book is presented through the stories of 12 of the Gershwin brothers' songs, including "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love" and "I Got Rhythm."
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Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

A psychologist explains why the way we learn to manage anger as a child is so critical to our personalities as adults.

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In A 'Dream,' Lincoln Checks In On State Of The Union

In Abe Lincoln's Dream, the 16th president wants to know how the nation is doing since the Civil War. Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator Lane Smith says he was inspired by stories of Lincoln's real dreams. "He had premonitions," Smith says. "He was haunted by his dreams."
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Technology Helps Track A Terrorist In 'The Finish'

Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden's new book outlines the changes in warfare since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the way our increasing computational power has helped capture terrorists like Osama bin Laden.

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