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Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her"

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

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Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life"

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. But he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

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Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

From the comedian and digital director of The Onion, a satirical self-help book for anyone who has a black friend, wants to be the next black president or speak for the black community.
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Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight"

Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, an author and a jewelry designer. She is also blind. She gives the answer to the question people ask her most: Do you dream in color?

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Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

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Michael Sandel: "What Money Can't Buy"

Harvard professor Michael Sandel on whether there's something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale.

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Bookend: Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward P. Jones Discusses His Work

For this month's Bookend, we bring you the most decorated fiction writer D.C. has produced in recent years: Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.

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Thousands Line Up For Rare Rowling Appearance

Long lines snaked around New York City Tuesday as J.K. Rowling made her only U.S. appearance promoting her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. NPR's Margot Adler reports that while the crowds were large, they were overjoyed to meet the woman who created Harry Potter.
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'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. The book is presented through the stories of 12 of the Gershwin brothers' songs, including "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love" and "I Got Rhythm."

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