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Contested Memories Find Common Ground In 'The Storied South'

The Storied South is a new book by folklorist William Ferris, collecting forty years worth of oral histories from Southern writers and artists. Ferris tells NPR's Celeste Headlee that the book was a way of getting everyone from Eudora Welty to Bobby Rush to a "common table of conversation."
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'Dork Diaries' Reveal Secrets Of 'Not-So-Fabulous' Teen Life

Rachel Renee Russell's very popular series stars a not-so-popular protagonist. The Dork Diaries are written by Nikki Maxwell, a misfit at a new school. Russell was inspired to write the books after seeing her own daughters struggle with the "dork" label during their teenage years.
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NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter Owes Everything To Football

Host Michel Martin speaks with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter about his new book Going Deep: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports. He talks about why receivers behave badly, his own shortcomings, and why injuries shouldn't scare people away from football.
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2012 Election Was 'Collision' Between Two Americas

In his new book, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz offers an insider's account of the forces that shaped the political strategies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the flaws and misfires that led to Romney's defeat. He discusses the 2012 campaign and the future of the Republican Party.
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Talent Or Skill?: Honing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
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Joe Yonan: "Eat Your Vegetables"

Can you be a vegetarian and still be a good traveler, a creative cook and a gracious guest? Kojo chats with The Washington Post's travel and food editor, who recently adopted a vegetarian lifestyle himself.

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Charles Manson: Master Manipulator, Even As A Child

More than four decades after the cult leader planned nine vicious murders, he is still part of American culture. Jeff Guinn's new biography digs through details of Manson's troubled childhood, with access to family members and photos never reported on before.
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Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

Rob Sheffield had his life pulled out from him 16 years ago when his wife died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. He overcame his grief through singing karaoke, and tells about it in his new book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke."
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Jack Handey Revels In 'The Stench of Honolulu'

"Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey was an icon of Saturday Night Live in the 1990's. Now Jack Handey has written a novel, "The Stench of Honolulu." He talks to host Rachel Martin about the book, his time on SNL, and his philosophy on comedy.
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Not My Job: Charles Frazier Gets Quizzed On Frasier Crane

On the road in Asheville, N.C., we ask Charles Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain, three questions about Frasier Crane, the fictional radio psychiatrist.

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