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From Fame's Leroy To Jay-Z

Michel Martin speaks to Mark Anthony Neal about his new book, Looking For Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. It looks at some of the ways black men have been portrayed in pop culture throughout history.
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Book News: Amazon's Tiny Tax Payment Draws Fresh Scrutiny

Also: Afaa Michael Weaver on being a black poet abroad; ebook sales jumped 44 percent last year; Cormac McCarthy's beach body.
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Tina Brown's Recommended Readings Have Luck In Common

As part of the series "Word of Mouth," on Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep talks to Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown for her reading recommendations.
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Coming To 'Americanah': Two Tales Of Immigrant Experience

The new book from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a knockout of a novel about immigration that transcends genre. It's everything from a coming-of-age novel to a romance to a comic novel of social manners to an up-to-the-minute meditation on race.
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Book News: Justice Department Says Apple Led Price-Fixing Ring

Also: George Orwell's rules for making tea; what Antigone can teach us about the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

After six years, author Walter Mosley breathes life back into his detective hero Easy Rawlins — thought dead after crashing his car off a cliff. Easy embarks on another case, but as the lines blur between death and dying, he may discover answers to questions he hadn't thought to ask.

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