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The Passionate, Turbulent Life Of James Brown

Brown was a music industry survivor, but he wasn't as indestructible as he seemed to believe. RJ Smith's new biography The One presents the soul godfather as an unparalleled performer undone by drugs and violence.
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Growing Up, From Utopia To Reality In 'Arcadia'

Lauren Groff's new novel, Arcadia, follows the story of Bit, the first baby born to a Utopian commune, as he grows to adulthood and the commune gradually falls apart. Groff says she was skeptical about communes at first, but her views changed as she wrote.
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Harry Crews On Writing And Feeling Like A 'Freak'

Writer Harry Crews had a hard life and didn't make it any easier for the characters in his novels. He died Wednesday at age 76. Fresh Air remembers the Southern novelist with excerpts from a 1988 interview.
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The Art Of The Everyday: The Alchemy Of Anne Tyler

In her first broadcast interview in decades, novelist Anne Tyler introduces us to her new book, The Beginner's Goodbye; her Baltimore; and her definition of heaven.
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'Escape From Camp 14': Inside North Korea's Gulag

Shin Dong-hyuk is the only person known to have been born in North Korea's prison camps and gotten out alive. Journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin's daring escape.
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'Triggered': Anxiety And The Doubting Disorder

In his memoir Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Fletcher Wortmann reveals the overwhelming anxieties he faces and how he gradually learned to cope with what some call the "doubting disorder."

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