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How And Why The Hollywood Star Machine Made 'Gods Like Us'

In a new book about movie stardom and fame, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr looks at the evolving history of the relationship between movie stars and the people who love them, as well as at how changing technology influences the kinds of stars the public wants.
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Book News: Willa Cather's Letters To Be Published Against Her Wishes

Also: the best books coming out this week; Philip Roth on the joys of napping; Caroline Kennedy on books about Catholicism.
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Love, Roughhousing And Fifth Position In 'Brothers Emanuel'

Ezekiel Emanuel, elder brother to Chicago mayor Rahm and Hollywood superagent Ari, has written a new memoir about his family and growing up Jewish in inner-city Chicago. It's called Brothers Emanuel, and yes, he does discuss middle brother Rahm's talent for ballet.
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Integrated Baseball, A Decade Before Jackie Robinson

Ten years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues, a little-known baseball team went to bat with players both black and white. Journalist Tom Dunkel writes about the team from Bismarck, North Dakota, in his new book Color Blind.
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From One Author To Another, Letters Of Praise

Host Scott Simon reads some of the best fan mail to authors, written by authors.
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Chinua Achebe Was 'Grandfather' Of African Literature

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe died Thursday in Boston. His first novel, Things Fall Apart was published in 1958 and is still the most widely-read piece of African literature.
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With Humor And Sorrow, 'Life After Life' Explores Death

Melissa Block talks with novelist Jill McCorkle about her latest book, Life After Life, which explores the area between life and death through a number of characters attached to a nursing home in a small town.

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