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Our Roaring 20s: 'The Defining Decade'

Troubled by her 20-something clients' lack of direction, clinical psychologist Meg Jay decided to write a book about those formative years. In The Defining Decade, she argues that those years are by far the most crucial in our adult development.
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Wartime Translator Explores Her 'Father's Country'

Saima Wahab left Afghanistan for the United States as a young girl, but she returned to her home country as a Pashto translator for the U.S. military. In her memoir In My Father's Country, Wahab describes the difficulty of straddling two nations at war.
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'Jumped In': Love, Life And Violence In L.A. Gangs

The violence in Los Angeles was explosive in 2002 when crisis intervention expert Jorja Leap ventured into the city's most gang-saturated territories. The stories of the gang members she met are part of her new book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.
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'Steinbeck In Vietnam': A Great Writer's Last Reports

The last piece of published writing from one of America's greatest writers was a series of letters he sent back from the front lines of war at the age of 64. John Steinbeck's dispatches shocked readers and family so much that they've never been reprinted — until now.
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The Artful Reinvention Of Klansman Asa Earl Carter

Since its first publication in 1976, The Education of Little Tree has sold more than 1 million copies. But the book and its author are not what they seem. That's because before Forrest Carter became a Cherokee novelist, he was Asa Earl Carter, a Ku Klux Klan organizer and segregationist.
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'China Hand': John Paton Davies Place In History

The new book, China Hand, details the life of John Paton Davies, a U.S. diplomat who served in China during World War II. After China fell under Communist control, Davies was repeatedly investigated for Communist ties. Davies never finished writing his autobiography — he died in 1999. Steve Inskeep talks to his daughter Tiki Davies.
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The St. Cuthbert Gospel: Looking Pretty Good At 1,300

The St. Cuthbert Gospel was buried alongside its titular saint in the late seventh century, making it Europe's oldest intact book. After a massive fundraising campaign, the British Library acquired the handwritten, leather-bound tome, which is in surprisingly good condition.

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