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Dorothea Lange's 'Migrant Mother' Inspires The Story Of 'Mary Coin'

Marisa Silver's new novel imagines the meeting of a Depression-era photographer and her now-iconic subject. Giving the characters different names but similar stories to their real-life counterparts, Silver tackles big questions about the morality of art.
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Digging Deeper On African American Leaders

You might think you know all there is to know about Martin Luther King Jr. But author Andrea Davis Pinkney digs deeper. She talks with host Michel Martin about her award-winning book, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.
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Dictionary Of Idioms Gets Everybody On The Same Page

From "dead cat bounce," which originated in the 1980s, to "cold fish," which was coined by Shakespeare, The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms explores the origins of more than 10,000 nonliteral sayings.
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Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

The true story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's historic race around the world in the late 19th century.

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Book News: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Author Says Next Book Will Be Tamer

Also: DC Comics kills off Batman's legendary sidekick; Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly writing a memoir; and banned performance enhancing drugs in literary competitions.
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6 Books On Shortlist To Win Oddest Title Prize

The competition coordinator of Britain's Diagram Prize says, "You can't judge a book by its cover, but I think people do." The winner will be announced March 22.
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Book News: New Claims About Nixon In Posthumous Robert Bork Memoir

Also: Drag queen is uninvited to Dr. Seuss reading; course syllabi of famous authors; and Russell Brand is working on a new book.

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