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Beyond The 'Blonde': A Look At Marilyn's Inner Life

Flamboyant and confident, Marilyn Monroe oozed sex appeal. But in Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde, we see a woman overshadowed by her onscreen persona. Author Manuel Munoz says the novel gives a glimpse into the star's interior life. Have a favorite book about a celebrity? Tell us in the comments.
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Stand Up, Walk Around, Even Just For '20 Minutes'

New York Times "Phys Ed" columnist Gretchen Reynolds has some simple advice for staying healthy: Stand up. Move around. In her new book, The First 20 Minutes, she explains the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle, and details some of the surprisingly simple ways to stay fit.
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Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In his new book, Moving the Mountain, Rauf calls for moderate Muslims to step up and marginalize the voices of extremists.
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Tina Brown's Must Reads: Resistance

Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown explores the character and experiences of political resistors in modern Russia and in World War II-era Czechoslovakia.
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An Inside Look At Sendak's 'Wonderful Magic'

Wicked author Gregory Maguire considered Maurice Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, a personal mentor. He says Sendak's books were magical — "the more you look at them, the less you understand how they do what they do." Maguire talks about his memories of the Where the Wild Things Are author.
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'Newlyweds': A Big, Fat Cross-Cultural Marriage

In Nell Freudenberger's new novel, a young Bangladeshi woman marries an American man she meets online and struggles to adjust to life in Rochester, N.Y.
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Sendak's Legacy: Helping Kids 'Survive Childhood'

"Children surviving childhood is my obsessive theme and my life's concern," Maurice Sendak told NPR in 1993. The author and illustrator — one of the most admired artists in children's literature — died Tuesday at the age of 83.
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Remembering Children's Book Author Maurice Sendak

Artist, illustrator, and writer Maurice Sendak died Tuesday at the age of 83. Sendak illustrated more than 80 books — 20 of which he wrote himself. He's best remembered for his children's classic Where The Wild Things Are. Host Michel Martin looks at the life and legacy of Maurice Sendak.
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Can Mo' Money Really Mean Mo' Problems?

Many people believe money can solve all their problems. But Richard Watts, a financial and legal advisor to the very rich, says there's some truth to the saying, "more money, more problems." Watts speaks with host Michel Martin about his new book, Fables of Fortune: What Rich People Have That You Don't Want.

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