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Sally Field Wasn't Sure She'd Have The Guts To Publish Her New Memoir

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"I wrote it for myself," Field says of her intensely personal accounting of her life and career. In Pieces describes childhood abuse, an abortion at 17, and her relationship with Burt Reynolds.

With Wallpaper, 'Whiskey' And Women, Reese Witherspoon Celebrates The South

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The actress' book title, Whiskey in a Teacup, comes from a phrase her grandmother used to describe Southern women: Like whiskey in a teacup, they're beautiful on the outside and fierce on the inside.

Bill Cunningham: A Memoir Of Style On All Levels, High And Low

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"The best fashion show is definitely on the street — always has been and always will be." Bill Cunningham

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Here Are The 2018 National Book Award Longlists, Featuring A Fresh Category

Fifty nominated books now remain in contention for prizes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature — and, in a fresh twist to the annual slate, translated literature.

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Our Last Reading List Of The Summer Takes Us Outside

As we head into fall, Heather Hansman, a correspondent for Outside magazine, shares some of her favorite new books.

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A Ghanaian 'Housegirl' Navigates A Complex Maze Of Culture And Class

Michael Donkor's debut novel is a story of two teenage girls, pushed and pulled between two worlds.

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'Ordinary People' Learn What Happens To Marriage In Midlife

Diana Evans' novel follows two couples — 30-something Londoners — as they navigate friendship, relationships and parenthood. The goal, she says, was to write "about very ordinary moments."

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Shadowed By Scandals, Coach Rick Pitino Pens His 'Story'

The Hall of Fame college basketball coach, fired by the University of Louisville in 2017 following recruiting violations, addresses his career and recent headline-grabbing mistakes in a new memoir.

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Viola Davis Brings A New 'Corduroy' Book To Bear

Inspired by her daughter, the Emmy, Tony and Oscar-winning actress has written a picture book. Corduroy Takes a Bow continues the adventures of a curious teddy bear and his young (black) friend Lisa.

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A Syrian Orphan Alone In Brussels In 'Nowhere Boy'

Katherine Marsh's book Nowhere Boy is the story of a 14-year-old Syrian refugee in Brussels, and his friendship with an American boy. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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'Rush': The Other Founding Father From Philadelphia Named Benjamin

Stephen Fried's biography argues that Benjamin Rush — a pioneering physician, writer and a signatory to the Declaration of Independence — belongs on the historical tier of Benjamin Franklin.

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Samba And Saudade: The Inspirations Behind 'The Air You Breathe'

"Samba's beating heart is actually suffering and sadness." The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles uses Brazilian music as a backdrop for an intimate story of female friendship.

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Life With Leonard Bernstein

To mark the centennial of her father's birth, Jamie Bernstein talks frankly about her new memoir, tracking her life as the daughter of the legendary composer.