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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.
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As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.
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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.
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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.
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How To Help Your Child's Brain Grow Up Strong

In a new book, neuroscientists Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt detail how parents can help their children learn the ABCs and self-control. The book, Welcome to Your Child's Brain, explores how the human brain develops from infancy to adolescence.
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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.
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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.
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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.
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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.
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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.

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