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Maya Angelou: "Mom & Me & Mom"

When poet Maya Angelou was 3 years old, she was sent to live with her grandmother. In a new memoir, she describes her reunion with her mother a decade later and their relationship going forward.

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No More Fakelore: Revealing The Real Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine

The Pennsylvania Dutch didn't invent the whoopie pie and other dubious tourist fare. Instead, they developed a complex, largely unknown cuisine that reflects the pressures and possibilities of becoming American.
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Book News: Harper Lee Says Literary Agent Exploited Her Health

Also: Historian Niall Ferguson apologizes for John Maynard Keynes comments; the best books coming out this week.
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A Tale From The Delta, Born Of The Blues

Bill Cheng's debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog, is full of mythical characters who feel like they rose right out of the Mississippi Swamp, and narratives that churn and swirl like the river itself. Cheng calls the novel "a love note to those old blues players."
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Paul Rudnick On His 'Gorgeous' Adventure

The humorist has made a name as a playwright, novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Now he's turned his attention to the Young Adult market with an update of the Cinderella story — starring a young girl from a trailer park.
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'The Book Of Woe'

In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association released the first edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. Before the publication of a newly revised fifth edition later this month, we talk with an author and practicing psychotherapist about the history and future of the manual.

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Chef Edward Lee Adds Korean Spice To Southern Comfort Food

Edward Lee's culinary education spans the multi-ethnic immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn where he grew up to his Korean grandmother's kitchen. His cookbook showcases recipes like lamb braised with soy sauce served over grits and Korean fried chicken.
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Book News: Putin Biographer To Write Book On Tsarnaev Brothers

Also: Claire Messud tears into an interviewer; a mashup of Marx and Cosmo; Joyce Carol Oates looks at Julian Barnes.

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