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Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.
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Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
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3 Lives Collide 'At The Cat's Pajamas'

2 a.m. at the Cat's Pajamas is a novel about three rolling stones who run into each other on the eve of Christmas Eve. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the author, Marie-Helene Bertino.
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In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of a "grand and terrible" 19th century expedition into uncharted Arctic waters. Of the 33 men who set out, only 13 made it home after a truly harrowing voyage.
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'Flight 232': Survival And Heroism In Sioux City

Twenty-five years ago, United Airlines Flight 232 crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Laurence Gonzales, author of the book Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival.
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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.
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Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.
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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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