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'The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane': A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

NPR Books - September 19, 2017 - 12:49pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to rapper about his new book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. It traces his life as an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth.

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Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal?

NPR Books - September 19, 2017 - 10:55am

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein say that a new wave of political activism springs from the fact that Trump is unfit for office. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is One Nation After Trump.

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Wooooo! 'Second Nature' Is A Winningly Unadorned Memoir Of The Wrestling Life

NPR Books - September 19, 2017 - 6:01am

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair is one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. His daughter Charlotte followed him into the ring, and now, they've written a joint memoir that's moving and brutally honest.

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'Landslide' Probes A Mother-Daughter Bond In Spare, Careful Prose

NPR Books - September 19, 2017 - 3:00am

In her new essay collection, Minna Zalman Proctor digs deep into her relationship with her late mother. Her descriptions of her mother are beautiful, though the fragmented writing can feel evasive.

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Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

NPR Books - September 19, 2017 - 1:21am

The tech investor dives into the lawsuit that thrust her into the national spotlight and the workplace conditions that prompted it. She says firms are largely applying "tepid diversity solutions."

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'School For Good And Evil' Is A Kids' Fantasy Series For The Fake News Era

NPR Books - September 18, 2017 - 12:45pm

"Good and evil — they mix in the world," says author Soman Chainani. "Both sides claim to be good, both sides claim to be telling the truth." His latest in the series is called Quests for Glory.

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Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

NPR Books - September 18, 2017 - 8:49am

Hillary Clinton tells Fresh Air the mechanism for such a challenge does not exist in the U.S. "and usually we don't need it." She also says she is "optimistic about our country, but I am not naive."

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Spies, Betrayal, And Some Really Good Food In 'Dinner At The Center Of The Earth'

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 6:00am

Nathan Englander's latest tells the fraught history of Israel and Palestine with quotidian details that make the story feel not historically accurate, but historically intimate.

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Brooklyn Is Magical In 'Shadowhouse Fall'

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 3:59am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Daniel José Older about his new book, Shadowhouse Fall.

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'Little House On The Prairie' Author Is 150

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 3:59am

It is the 150th year of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth — and a good time to check back on one of our favorite childhood series.

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Move Over Millennials, Here Comes 'iGen' ... Or Maybe Not

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 3:01am

A new book worries that growing up with smartphones and the Internet has been harmful to a generation of kids. Critic Annalisa Quinn says intergenerational carping is a long, and unhelpful tradition.

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