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If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

Texts from Jane Eyre imagines a Mr. Rochester who worries over his "attic wife" and a super flirty Scarlett O'Hara: "did you know that pantalets are out this year[?] that's why I'm not wearing any :)"
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A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."
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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.
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Richard III: Not Such A Bad Guy After All?

Archaeologist Mike Pitts' new book, Digging for Richard III, recounts the search for the king's skeleton — and sheds new light on a ruler who's often seen as one of history's great villains.
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Imagining Lives That Might Have Happened In 'End Of Days'

German author Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel grapples with the classic question: What if? What if one choice, one event goes differently, and the whole course of your life changes?
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McCain's 'Soldiers:' 13 Ordinary People Transformed By Battle

In his new book, Sen. John McCain tells the stories of 13 U.S. soldiers in wars from the Revolution to Iraq. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the senator about his book, Thirteen Soldiers.
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London's Mayor On Winston Churchill: He Saved Civilization

Winston Churchill was a writer, an orator and a Tory. So is London Mayor Boris Johnson, and he has a new book about the late prime minister. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Johnson about his new book.
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George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to the funk legend about his new memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?
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Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Musician Carlos Santana shares his journey from a difficult childhood in Mexico to international stardom in the new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.
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Aasif Mandvi On Life As A 'No Land's Man' And Impressing Jon Stewart

The Daily Show correspondent was born in India, raised in England and moved to Florida as a teen. His new essay collection reflects on his acting career and his life as an immigrant.

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