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Self-Publishing Now The First Choice For Some Writers

Audie Cornish talks with Mark Coker, the founder of one of the largest self-publishing companies. Smashwords' business has taken off in just a few years, and Coker's outlook for the future of self-publishing is rosy. In fact, he says when anyone can publish a book, traditional publishing houses are poised to become irrelevant.
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A Barbados Family Tree With 'Sugar In The Blood'

In her new book, Andrea Stuart explores the intersection of sugar, slavery, settlement, migration and survival in the Americas. Stuart's personal history was shaped by these forces — she is descended from a slave owner who had relations with an unknown slave.
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Readers' Review: "The March" By E.L. Doctorow

For February's Readers’ Review, E.L. Doctorow’s historic novel about Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s path of destruction through the deep South near the end of the Civil War. The title is “The March.”

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Fifty Years After "The Feminine Mystique"

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan published her groundbreaking book "The Feminine Mystique." Diane considers its relevance today and the ongoing debate over gender equality at work and at home.

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Book News: Myanmar Celebrates As Censorship Recedes; And Oh Those Seussian Hats

Also: Jared Diamond gets into trouble with an indigenous rights group; NFL players re-imagined as Dickens characters; a new theory about the Lockerbie bombing; and the best books of the week.
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Sendak's 'Brother's Book': An Elegy, A Farewell

Maurice Sendak died last May, but left behind a final book: a reflection on loss and love written in memory of his brother Jack. Sendak's longtime friend Tony Kushner describes the book's origins and Sendak's literary heroes.
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'Disaster Diaries' Will Help You Survive The End Of The World

Sam Sheridan was a mixed martial arts fighter, wilderness firefighter, construction worker in the South Pole, and now, author. His new book, Disaster Diaries, will help you survive the apocalypse, no matter the catastrophe.
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Coming Monday: A Daily Dose Of 'Book News'

For some months now, many of us at NPR have been enjoying a daily email from our friends here who report about books and the publishing industry. It's a tip sheet with news and a bit of attitude. "Hey, we ought to publish this," we said. Starting Monday, The Two-Way will.
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'Fresh Off The Boat' And Serving Up Asian Culture

Restaurateur and food personality Eddie Huang spent time as a lawyer and a stand-up comic before getting into the food business. In his new memoir, Fresh Off The Boat, he talks about food, family, hip-hop and growing up Asian in America.

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