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Arthur Ashe

A new biography explores how tennis great Arthur Ashe navigated the poles of radical activism and assimilation.

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A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

In Gabriel, Edward Hirsch delivers a 78-page elegy to his son. He says turning his memories into poetry "gave me something to do with my grief."
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For 'Women In Clothes,' It's Not What You Wear, It's Why You Wear It

A new book collects stories that link clothing with intimacy, emotion and memory: how moms dressed before they had kids, favorite outfits and, of course, garment envy.
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Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.
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'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.
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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.
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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."
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The Other Rock History

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.
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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.
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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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