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'Monkey Mind': When Debilitating Anxiety Takes Over

Daniel Smith suffers from the kind of debilitating anxiety that brings on panic attacks, bouts of insomnia, and thoughts about "existential ruin." In his new memoir Monkey Mind, Smith documents his experience coping with the disorder and how the condition has affected his relationships.
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Marco Rubio Draws On Family To Keep Him Grounded

NPR is looking at the American dream, and during an election year, politicians often talk about what they think that dream means. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida is one of the political world's brightest new stars. He offers his version of the dream in his new memoir, An American Son. He speaks with host Michel Martin.
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A Cautionary Tale About Transforming Afghanistan

Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran believes the U.S. has made multiple miscalculations in waging war in Afghanistan. In his new book, Little America, he says the U.S. should have learned from a largely forgotten U.S. adventure undertaken there a half-century earlier.
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Dog Memoirs Will Fetch, Sit And Stay On Your Shelf

NPR reporter — and proud corgi owner — Julie Rovner takes a break from covering health care policy to dig through the pile of dog memoirs in the Morning Edition mailbox. From heartwarming to hard-nosed, there's something for everyone.
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Lessons For Afghanistan War From 'Little America'

In his new book Little America, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran traces the decision-making process by senior American military officials during the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan and analyzes their struggle to develop successful policies on the ground.
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'The Age Of Miracles' Considers Earth's Fragility

In Karen Thompson Walker's first book, climate change makes the Earth's rotation grow more and more sluggish, but this melancholy page-turner is more than just a disaster plot.
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Philly Author's 'Confession': I Lived These Stories

Author Solomon Jones says death can seem angelic at first — especially to the lost, addicted kids in his book The Last Confession. He says many of his stories come from his own experiences as a homeless drug addict on the streets of Philadelphia.

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