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Exposing the Hilarity of Gay Parenting

Two gay dads share their good, bad and funny experiences of becoming a parent. As part of LGBT Pride Month, host Michel Martin speaks with Dan Bucatinsky author of the new book Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? and Marcus Mabry dad of two and editor-at-large for the New York Times.
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Four Books To Help You Master Chicago Politics

The term "Chicago politics" gets bandied about whenever people complain about what they see as corruption and abuse of power. But what does it actually mean? These four books examine the city's hardball approach to politics through various lenses.
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As The Earth Slows, This 'Miracle' Becomes Calamity

The 2004 earthquake in Indonesia was so powerful, it sped up Earth's rotation by a fraction of a second each day. That detail inspired Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel, which imagines a world in which Earth has inexplicably begun to slow down, leading to a series of calamitous changes.
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Marie Tillman: "The Letter"

In 2003, Pat Tillman wrote a "just in case" letter to his wife before leaving for Afghanistan to serve with the Army Rangers. She recounts how that letter helped her remake her life after his death.

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Teenage Brain: Gateway To A 'Bright And Dark' World

For author Meg Wolitzer, John Neufeld's 1969 novel Lisa, Bright and Dark opened the door to more intense reads on mental illness. Has a book you've read ever acted as a gateway to harsher, truer or more literary novels? Tell us in the comments.
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Dr. Karp On Parenting And The Science Of Sleep

Pediatrician Harvey Karp has treated thousands of kids over the course of his 30-year-career, and his popular series of parenting books are international best sellers. His latest is the Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep. And if you're a parent, you know he's really talking about your sleep.
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The Fight For The Right To Hear, 'Yes, Chef'

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson was born in rural Ethiopia, adopted and then raised in Sweden. As a black chef, he was conscious of breaking through the racial barrier. The heat in the kitchen never let up. "Through that process of being yelled at in German, French and English and Swedish, I learned a lot," he says.
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Rich Reads: Historical Fiction Fit For A Queen

These five books will give you literary jet lag — a yearning to linger in the world of the author's imagination, and a reluctance to return to your own. The research is so deep it becomes invisible, and these writers are trusted guides, gently nudging and leading you through each tale.

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