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Godwin's 'Flora': A Tale Of Remorse That Creeps Under Your Skin

The latest novel from three-time National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin takes inspiration from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Both stories take place in isolated old houses, and both revolve around mental contests between a governess character and her young charge.
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Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebs. But her rise to fame wasn't always glamorous. Host Michel Martin speaks with Williams about her career, battle with addiction and new book Ask Wendy.
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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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