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'Skagboys': Heroin Highs In 'Trainspotting' Prequel

It's been almost 20 years since Irvine Welsh first introduced Rent, Spud and Sick Boy — a group of gritty characters struggling to survive a grim, heroin-fueled existence in late 1980s Edinburgh. Walsh brings the boys back in his new prequel, Skagboys.
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What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

A lot of Jewish people identify somewhere between orthodox and atheist. As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur approach many might come face-to-face with questions about faith and identity. Host Michel Martin talks with Theodore Ross about his book and his journey to answer the question, Am I A Jew?
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Orhan Pamuk: "Silent House"

Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk's second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.

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'The Scientists': A Father's Lie And A Family's Legacy

Marco Roth grew up on New York's Upper West Side in the 1980s, where a liberal Jewish culture infused with European tastes was breathing its last gasps. In his memoir, Roth describes how he learned — years after his father died from AIDS — that his father was probably gay.
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Writing On The Lives Of Others

The Anisfield Book Awards recognize works that expand understanding of race and diversity. This year's Lifetime Achievement prize is going to Professor Arnold Rampersad for his biographies of prominent African-Americans like Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson and W.E.B Du Bois. Host Michel Martin speaks to Professor Rampersad about his life's work.
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Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Modern Woman

The Daily Beast and Newsweek editor explores the changing role of women with recommendations that cover a groundbreaking gender discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek, a stay-at-home wife's rise through the professional ranks and the meaning behind a mother's profile picture.
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Book Review: 'God Carlos'

The new historical novel God Carlos by Anthony C. Winkler is set in the early sixteenth century.
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'Breed': A Pseudonym To Pen A Tale Of Horror

Author Scott Spencer is best known for his literary best-seller Endless Love — now, he's adopted a pseudonym, Chase Novak, to explore darker stories like the tale of baby lust and body horror in his new novel, Breed.

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