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Artful, American Essays From 'When I Was A Child'

Novelist Marilynne Robinson takes on Christian faith and the American West in her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. "I find that the hardest work in the world," she writes, "... is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."
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'1861': A Social History Of The Civil War

Historian Adam Goodheart explains how national leaders and ordinary citizens across the country responded to the chaos and uncertainty in 1861: The Civil War Awakening.
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'Fragile Beginnings': When Babies Are Born Too Soon

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy's son Patrick was born prematurely and died of a respiratory problem that is now routinely treated. In the 50 years since, extraordinary advancements have been made in the field of neonatal intensive care. Dr. Adam Wolfberg explores those triumphs in his new book.
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Book Of Revelation: 'Visions, Prophecy And Politics'

Princeton religious scholar Elaine Pagels puts the tales of death and destruction from the New Testament's final book into historical context in Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation.
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Vegan Soul Food With A Side Of Soulful Music

In his new book, Inspired Vegan, chef Bryant Terry writes about how healthy eating can start in your backyard. He also offers up soulful vegan recipes paired with the music that inspires his cooking. Host Michel Martin talks with Bryant Terry about delicious vegan cuisine.
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Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them

Every habit-forming activity follows the same behavioral and neurological patterns, says New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg. His new book The Power of Habit explores the science behind why we do what we do — and how companies are working to use our habits to market products to us.

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