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'Timid Son' Celebrates Mambas And Manly Men

Kent Russell's collection of autobiographical short stories explores the extremes of masculinity — like a man who's developing an immunity to snake venom by letting cobras and black mambas bite him.
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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.
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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Brooke Borel's new book describes their history and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."
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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.
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April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide

Some countries, including the U.S., have yet to fully and formally recognize the event. Steve Inskeep revisits history with Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans.
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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

As jurors deliberate whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.
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Busy Chef Strives For Balanced Mix Of Home Life, Culinary Ambitions

Restaurant owner and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio tries to find the right recipe for blending work, family duties and the pressures of being on the road.
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Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.
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Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."
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Making Sense Of Murder In 'Visiting Hours'

In college, Amy Butcher found herself on the periphery of a murder. The incident haunted her for years. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Butcher about her debut memoir, Visiting Hours.

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