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Try And Try Again: 3 Tales Of Spectacular Failure

Fold, founder, flop: That's what the protagonists of these three books do well. Author Lysley Tenorio recommends stories about men whose good intentions are undeniable, if not always admirable. Have a favorite story about failure? Tell us what it is in the comments below.
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Vegan Soul Food With A Side Of Soulful Music

In his new book, Inspired Vegan, chef Bryant Terry writes about how healthy eating can start in your backyard. He also offers up soulful vegan recipes paired with the music that inspires his cooking. Host Michel Martin talks with Bryant Terry about delicious vegan cuisine.
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The Unlikely Best-Seller: 'A Wrinkle In Time' Turns 50

How did a book featuring complex discussions about quantum physics, theology and mathematics become a beloved children's book? Madeleine L'Engle's classic had a rocky path to publication.
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Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them

Every habit-forming activity follows the same behavioral and neurological patterns, says New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg. His new book The Power of Habit explores the science behind why we do what we do — and how companies are working to use our habits to market products to us.
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They're Nobody And Want To Know Everything

When politicians need to know every damning detail about their opponent, they call people like Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian. The two former investigative journalists say they aren't looking to fuel smear campaigns — just to uncover all the dirt they can.
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A Road Trip In Search Of America's Lost Languages

Linguist Elizabeth Little took a two-year trip across the U.S. in search of the country's lost languages. The resulting book is Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Lost Languages.
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American History Baked Into The Loaves Of White Bread

From the racially charged Pure Food movement to the countercultural revolution of the 1960s, white bread has been at the spongy, store-bought heart of American food politics.
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In 'Charlotte,' Decadent Childhood Memories

Charlotte Silver recalls her rich childhood in the new memoir, Charlotte au Chocolat. The author grew up in a famed restaurant owned by her mother — Harvard Square's Upstairs at the Pudding, which catered to famous intellectuals and celebrities.
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'Broadway': A Mother's Wistful Quest For Stardom

In his debut novel, Broadway Baby, Alan Shapiro examines the fictional life of Miriam Bluestein, a woman whose dream of a life on stage slowly unravels her family. Shapiro says the story is presented as a struggle with emotional and physical intimacy.

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