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Introducing 'Miss Anne,' The White Women Of A Black Renaissance

That's the collective nickname Harlem-ites used for them: white women who risked family exile and social ostracism to be part of the movement. They were philanthropists and thrill seekers,educators and artists, hostesses and lovers. Carla Kaplan tells their stories in Miss Anne in Harlem.
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New Memoir Recounts Black Lives 'Reaped' Too Young

Author Jesmyn Ward lost her brother in a car wreck — and several friends in quick succession after that — all young black men, all dead before the age of 30. She tells their stories, and her own, in a wrenching new memoir, Men We Reaped.
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Read The Rainbow: 'Roy G. Biv' Puts New Spin On Color Wheel

Pink isn't just for girls — it's also for battleships. In a new book, design writer and synesthete Jude Stewart looks at color from linguistic, scientific and historical perspectives.
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'The Witness Wore Red': A Polygamist's Wife Finds A New Life

Rebecca Musser was raised in an extremist, polygamist church. She tells the harrowing story of her childhood, her first marriage, and her escape in her autobiography.
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Cows Have Accents ... And 1,226 Other 'Quite Interesting Facts'

The universe is shaped like a vuvuzela. Humans and elephants are the only animals with chins. These, and a trove of other factoids have been compiled in 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off — a book by the creators of the hit British television show QI.
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Art Spiegelman Reflects On 60 Years Of Pen And Ink

Art Spiegelman's new book, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, collects comics from a six-decade career, from his early, self-published works to his famous New Yorker covers. Spiegelman tells NPR's Scott Simon he knew in third grade that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
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McMillan 'Asks' Readers To Empathize With A Family's Problems

Terry McMillan, the best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, tells NPR's Scott Simon that she writes because she wishes she were a magician. She shows off her tricks in Who Asked You?, a novel with many narrators — including a woman named BJ and her husband, children and grandkids.
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'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story

Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman wasn't impressed by the title of Someone, but she says Alice McDermott's novel is nowhere near as generic as its name. Nothing extraordinary happens to the Irish-American protagonist, but with spare poetry and deep compassion, McDermott makes familiar territory seem new.
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Mollie Katzen: "The Heart Of The Plate"

The author of the legendary "Moosewood Cookbook" joins Kojo to talk about vegetarian eating, changing tastes and her new cookbook that eschews the tradition of a central entree.

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Book News: National Book Awards' '5 Under 35' Picks Are All Women

Also: J.K. Rowling will write a screenplay set in the magical world; Tina Brown is coming out with a memoir.

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