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'Monkey Mind': When Debilitating Anxiety Takes Over

Daniel Smith suffers from the kind of debilitating anxiety that brings on panic attacks, bouts of insomnia, and thoughts about "existential ruin." In his new memoir Monkey Mind, Smith documents his experience coping with the disorder and how the condition has affected his relationships.
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Marco Rubio Draws On Family To Keep Him Grounded

NPR is looking at the American dream, and during an election year, politicians often talk about what they think that dream means. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida is one of the political world's brightest new stars. He offers his version of the dream in his new memoir, An American Son. He speaks with host Michel Martin.
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A Cautionary Tale About Transforming Afghanistan

Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran believes the U.S. has made multiple miscalculations in waging war in Afghanistan. In his new book, Little America, he says the U.S. should have learned from a largely forgotten U.S. adventure undertaken there a half-century earlier.
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Philly Author's 'Confession': I Lived These Stories

Author Solomon Jones says death can seem angelic at first — especially to the lost, addicted kids in his book The Last Confession. He says many of his stories come from his own experiences as a homeless drug addict on the streets of Philadelphia.
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The Complex 'Tapestry' of Michelle Obama's Ancestry

New York Times' reporter Rachel Swarns traces the first lady's family tree in her new book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial ancestors of Michelle Obama.
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'Hitless Wonder': On Tour With A Band Of Also-Rans

Most people have never heard of Watershed, but the Columbus, Ohio, rock band has been doggedly touring and recording for a quarter-century. A new memoir by founding member Joe Oestreich profiles a life on the road, powered more by passion than optimism.

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