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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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Like It Or Not, Diversity Isn't Going Anywhere

Dealing with diversity can be a challenge. But Tell Me More host Michel Martin explains why Americans can and must rise to that challenge for the country to move forward.
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Mind Games: Football And Head Injuries

Commentator Frank Deford wonders what will happen to American football as concerns over head injuries grow.
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America's Dairyland Doubles As Test Site For Political Civil War

A political civil war has raged in Wisconsin for nearly 18 months — presaging the fierce national politics of this presidential year.
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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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A Daughter With Down Syndrome Is The Perfect Sister

When Kelle Hampton's second daughter was born with Down syndrome, she grieved for the sisterly bond she thought would be robbed from her older daughter. But she quickly discovered that the girls' love for each other was strong.
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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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From "Running with Scissors" to Self-Help

Memoirist Augusten Burroughs is moving into another, perhaps unexpected, realm: self-help. He simultaneously takes down and contribute to the $11 billion industry with his latest book "This is How" - the book he says he was born to write.

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