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Stretch Your Summer Reading List Into Southern Territory

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kyle Jones of the Bitter Southerner about some highly-anticipated books coming from Southern writers this summer.
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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.
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The Meaning Of A Hero Cast In Shadow, In Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'

The release of Harper Lee's long-lost novel — and its portrait of once-crusading attorney Atticus Finch — has shaken devotees of "To Kill a Mockingbird." One poet argues that nuance should be welcome.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Growing up in Baltimore, the writer faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his teenage son.

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Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird — or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess."
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A Tribute To John Williams, The Man Who Wrote 'I Am'

The prolific author tackled difficult issues of race in novels and poetry. He used his writing to challenge assumptions about African-Americans, including civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr.
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'Bloom County 2015': Berkeley Breathed Revives Comic Strip

The cartoonist won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County in 1987; two years later, he quit producing it.
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After Fight For Life And Media Firestorm, 'Distressed Baby' Is Happy Toddler

When a CEO blamed "distressed babies" for cuts to benefits last year, Deanna Fei discovered her infant was national news. She reflects on how she coped with a baby on life support — and in headlines.
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French, English, Comics: Proust On Memory, In Any Language

Proust's famous novel Swann's Way is out in the form of — wait for it — a graphic novel. Glen Weldon explains how much of it is substance and how much is gimmick.
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Atticus' Halo Comes Apart In 'Watchman'

Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird are in for a shock: In Harper Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman, the beloved Atticus is a racist. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan.

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