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The Charmed, Charming Life Of Rosamond Bernier

Some of My Lives is a lively chronicle of postwar Paris and the author's celebrated circle, a movable feast that included Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein.
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Rebel Memoirs: Three Confessions From The Edge

Reading about dysfunction can be dismal. But done well, memoirs can be more excellent than exhibitionist. Author Marion Winik recommends three edgy, honest, and provocative tell-alls.
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Author Discusses Book On President Harrison

Robert Siegel talks to Gail Collins about her new book about William Henry Harrison. Though some view William Henry Harrison as notable only for his non-achievements — his presidency was the shortest in American history, he never appointed a federal judge, his wife never even saw the White House — Collins reveals a man whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's highest office. Today, he is a curiosity in American history, but, as Collins shows in this entertaining and revelatory biography, he and his career are worth a closer look.
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Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

Michelle Alexander says that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of blacks in the war on drugs.
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Can Hip-Hop Change The Style Of Politics?

Lester Spence, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his new book titled Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics.
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Post-9/11 Life As A 'Non-Enemy Combatant'

Alex Gilvarry's dark first novel occupies a wacky continuum that begins at the center of haute couture, and ends in solitary confinement. The book is From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant and it looks at one man's trip into military detention. Host Rachel Martin talks with Gilvarry about his book.
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'In Our Prime'? What It Means To Be Middle-Aged

Is 60 the new 40? In her new book, Patricia Cohen (age 51!) explores the origin and evolution of middle age. "I like to say that middle age is something of a 'Never Never Land,'" she says. "Younger people never want to enter it, and older people never want to leave it once they get there."
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The Inquisition: Alive And Well After 800 Years

The Inquisition was initially designed to deal with Christian heretics, but author Cullen Murphy says that "inquisitorial impulse" is still at work today. In fact, he says, it was the harbinger of the modern world.
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Alan Bennett Defies Expectations With 'Smut'

The author says he knows his readers think of him as cozy and genteel. So he's decided to shake them up a bit with a new book of two short stories.

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