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'High Heel' Muses On Beauty, Power — And Stilettos

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When she worked at the U.N., Summer Brennan wore high heels almost every day — even when they made her fall. Her new book High Heel is an exploration of modern womanhood through the history of heels.

A Lost 'Little Boy' Nears 100: Poet And Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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The Beat Generation icon and owner of City Lights bookstore and press in San Francisco is still writing. He celebrates his centennial March 24, and his new autobiographical novel is out now.

Fired By Trump, Preet Bharara Describes The Justice System He Served

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In an interview, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talks about his new book, Doing Justice, and weighs in on how executives have been able to avoid criminal prosecution and on Robert Mueller's probe.

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A Parable Of International Development From Dave Eggers

In a slim novel called The Parade, two mismatched men are sent to a war-torn country to pave a highway in 12 days. "But ultimately," the author says, "it's not really about either one of these guys."

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20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'

The groundbreaking novel Speak told the story of Melinda, a teen who stopped speaking after a sexual assault. In her poetry memoir, Shout, Anderson opens up about being raped when she was 13.

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In 'Shrill,' Lindy West Made The Body Positive Show That She Never Had

"You don't see fat people being happy on TV. If there's a fat character on TV they are sad," West says. That's definitely not the case in Shrill, a Hulu comedy series adapted from West's 2016 memoir.

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Just 'Follow This Thread': You're Meant To Get Lost In This Book About Mazes

Henry Eliot's book takes twists and turns through history, philosophy, myth and pop culture. He says mazes are just like life — except that at the end you can turn around and do it all over again.

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'Nobel Of The Heart' Is The Real Prize For Author Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

The U.S.-based Kenyan writer is often tipped for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Now he's released Minutes of Glory, a short story collection which he calls his "literary autobiography."

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Menstruate? Celebrate! New Novel Urges Girls To Embrace 'The Moon Within'

Author Aida Salazar didn't want her daughter to feel ashamed about getting her period. "I wanted to reframe the conversation," Salazar says. "I wanted to tell a different story."

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Y'all Heard? An Argument For The Great Southern Pronoun

In the book Speaking of Alabama, an essay by linguistics professor Catherine Davies calls "y'all" a speech "improvement" — at least when referring to the plural second person.

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'American Gods' Is Back For Season 2, Awash In Style, Color And Blood

The Starz series based on Neil Gaiman's novel about a clash between gods of the Old World and the New is back for season 2, having assembled a huge cast of characters — too huge, arguably.

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For Better Or Worse, New Novel Shows 'A Woman Is No Man'

Etaf Rum's new novel draws from her own experiences of arranged marriage and early motherhood in the close-knit Palestinian American community where she grew up — and which she eventually left.

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What 'The Heavens'? This Extraordinary New Book Feels Like 5 Novels In One

Sandra Newman tells the story of a woman whose recurring dream feels increasingly real. The Heavens is historical fiction, time traveling fantasy, political allegory, social realism and a love story.