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African Politics, And Afros, In 'My First Coup D'Etat'

Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama has written a new memoir of growing up during what he calls Africa's "lost decades," the dfficult years after independence. It's not all politics, though: Mahama also writes about enjoying James Brown and traditional village dances.
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Stephen Covey's 'Habits' Spanned Business, Life

The management and self-help guru's best-known work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, was on The New York Times best-seller list for more than five years. His brilliance lay in boiling down life practices that lead to action in a way that people could easily understand. Covey died Monday at age 79.
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Stephen Covey, Author Of '7 Habits,' Dead At 79

Covey advocated for a moral transformation in business. To do good, he said, you have to be good.
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Big Crime, Little State: Murder, Mystery In R.I.

For author Bruce DeSilva, Providence, R.I.'s storied history of mob violence and small-town sense of intimacy make it the perfect place to set his crime fiction. The only trouble, he says, is toning down the truth just enough to make it believable.
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Chewing Chia Packs A Superfood Punch

You might know them best in pet form, but the tiny little seeds have moved beyond their terra cotta figurines to become an increasingly popular health food. Wayne Coates writes about the benefits of chia seed in Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood.
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In 'Red Chamber,' A Love Triangle For The Ages

Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
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'Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution

In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found something worth looking at. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China.
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Kurt Andersen: "True Believers"

You know Kurt Andersen as a journalist and host of public radio's Studio 360. But he's also a novelist and joins Kojo to talk about his latest book and varied career.

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