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'The Breakfast Club' Meets Hell In 'Damned'

What do you do if you're 13, smart and damned to Hell? If you're the heroine of Chuck Palahiuk's new novel Damned, you strap on a pair of silver high heels and prepare to take the place over.
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'Fiction Ruined My Family;' Alcohol Also To Blame

The connection between art and alcohol is legendary. In Jeanne Darst's memoir, Fiction Ruined My Family, she writes about what happens when that world collides with family life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Darst, who recalls her unstable home life and parents' alcoholism.
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'My Long Trip Home' A Memoir Of Mixed Heritage

In his memoir, My Long Trip Home, Mark Whitaker explores the lives of his parents. They came from vastly different backgrounds, and their interracial relationship helped shape Whitaker's own life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Whitaker, who is executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, about growing up biracial during a key turning point in this country's history.
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James Garfield And The 'Destiny Of The Republic'

It wasn't necessarily the assassin's bullet that killed President James A. Garfield — it was more likely the bungling of his doctors. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts takes a close look at Garfield's remains at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with Candice Millard, author of the new book, "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President."
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'How To Survive The Titanic,' And Sink Your Name

In 1912, J. Bruce Ismay was one of the most hated men in America: He owned the Titanic; gave the ship just 20 lifeboats; and — unlike so many — lived through its maiden voyage. Frances Wilson tracks the scandal of Ismay's survival in How to Survive the Titanic.

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