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Why Bring Up Death When We Could Talk About 'Something More Pleasant'?

In her illustrated memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, longtime New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes being an only child and conflicted caretaker to her aging parents.
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In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deeply into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.
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Post-Sept. 11 Hate Crime Reveals A 'Hurting' America

In his new book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, journalist Anand Giridharadas follows both the victim and the perpetrator of a brutal crime after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Extra! Read All About It: 'Girl Stunt Reporter' Turns 150

Nellie Bly of the New York World was one of the most famous "girl stunt reporters" of her time. Now, the first ever edited collection of her work is being released, in honor of her 150th birthday.
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South Africa Through The Eyes Of A Post-Apartheid Generation

Twenty years after apartheid ended in South Africa, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Katherine Newman, co-author of After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa.
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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

One of the most celebrated voices of her generation talks about her new autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing! The opera star journeyed from the segregated South to a divided Berlin and beyond.
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A Quest For Higher Power In 'The Snow Queen'

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Michael Cunningham about his new book, The Snow Queen, in which his characters plunge into a metaphysical world while navigating family relationships.
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Drawing From The Experience Of 'Indolent But Relentless' Cancer

Cartoonist Matt Freedman chronicled 60 days of cancer treatment in illustrations and in writing. "I didn't think of it as a book or a journal to share," he says, "but simply as a kind of experience."
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Ralph Nader Seeks A United Front Against Corporate America

Can political opposites attract? Ralph Nader's new book makes a case for the far left and right to come together. He tells NPR's Scott Simon there's common ground in opposing corporate America.
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'The Noble Hustle': In Vegas And In Life, We Play The Cards We're Dealt

Novelist Colson Whitehead is also a devoted poker player. And in 2011 Grantland gave him the assignment to write about the World Series of Poker — by playing in it.

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