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"Astonish Me" by Maggie Shipstead

"Astonish Me" is a family drama set against the high-stakes and vibrant world of professional ballet during the Cold War. We talk with author Maggie Shipstead about her second novel, writing what you don't know and the value of solitude.

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Playwright Pearl Cleage Opens Up

Many people keep their own youthful experiences with drugs and sex secret from their kids. Not author and activist Pearl Cleage. She talks about her new memoir Things I Should Have Told My Daughter.
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Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

From drone strikes to the songs of the ancient caravans, the type of poem called landay reflects Afghan life. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Eliza Griswold, translator of Afghan women's landays.
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Wise Words From Robin Roberts' Mom: 'Honey, Everybody's Got Something'

In her new memoir, Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts describes her "somethings" — being diagnosed with breast cancer and a rare blood disorder.
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How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma

After a decade of witnessing death and bloodshed in five different wars, Ron Capps developed post-traumatic stress disorder. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right, chronicles his battles.
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Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution

In a new book, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says we should rewrite the Second Amendment, abolish the death penalty and restrict political campaign spending.
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A Pixie Explores Vintage Porn In 'The Good Inn'

Black Francis, frontman of the Pixies, is trying his hand at literature. He's co-authored an illustrated novel based on the world's first pornographic film, a 1908 production called The Good Inn.
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A Fire Sparks Rivalry And Suspicion In 'The Art Of Secrets'

The Art of Secrets is the young-adult story of an investigation centered on a suspected hate crime in Chicago. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the book's author, high school librarian James Klise.
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"A Farm Dies Once a Year"

Arlo Crawford grew up on New Morning Farm in Pennsylvania, which has been selling organic vegetables at in the District since the 1970s. The year he was 31, Crawford took a break from his job and returned to the farm for a growing season...

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For Concentration Camp Doctor, A Lifetime Of Eluding Justice

Aribert Heim was a Nazi concentration camp doctor, yet he evaded prosecution after the war, spending the final years of his life on the run. Nicholas Kulish, co-author of The Eternal Nazi, explains.

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