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Alicia Keys Reflects On How Life Experiences Gave Her Permission To Be 'More Myself'

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The Grammy winner is coming out with a new album, Alicia, and has written a forthcoming introspective book, More Myself. She says she wishes she could tell her teenage self "to know she is enough."

In 'Wine Girl,' Taking On The Old Boys Of The Wine World

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Victoria James loves wine; she became a sommelier at 21 — but she discovered that the world of wine was an old boys' club that didn't welcome women. Her new memoir chronicles her fight to fit in.

The Unlikely Story Behind Japanese Americans' Campaign For Reparations

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In his new book Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations, John Tateishi recounts the fight for justice in the wake of World War II internment camps.

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In 'The Glass Hotel,' Emily St. John Mandel Asks: How Many Chances Do We Get?

In her first novel since the hit pandemic tale Station Eleven, Mandel introduces a troubled brother and sister who get involved with a crooked hotel magnate, changing their lives in unexpected ways.

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William Gibson Says Today's Internet Is Nothing Like What He Envisioned

Gibson's latest is Agency — set in a future where climate change has mostly wiped out humanity. The cyberpunk godfather says today's online world is "utterly banal" compared to his original vision.

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'The Mountains Sing' A Song Of Many Voices

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's new novel is a luminous, complex family saga that stretches across decades of Vietnamese history, from the French colonial period, through war and upheaval to the present day.

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'Later' Takes Us To 1990s Provincetown, As Hope For AIDS Treatment Rises

As we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, Paul Lisicky's memoir is deeply affecting; we can recall the terror and frustration when no treatment or prevention was available for AIDS and HIV.

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Behold: The Magic Of Take Your Child To Work Night

As a kid, Helena Ku Rhee used to tag along with her parents as they cleaned law offices overnight. She's now a lawyer herself, and has written The Paper Kingdom, about a boy and his janitor parents.

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In 'Plot Against America,' David Simon Finds Present Day In An Imagined Past

Simon has adapted Philip Roth's 2004 novel, about aviation legend Charles Lindbergh being elected president. "It's startling how allegorical it is to our current political moment," he says.

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This Young Chess Champion Is 'Not Scared Of Anything On That Board'

Tani Adewumi's family fled Nigeria after being threatened by Boko Haram. They were living in a homeless shelter when Tani won the primary division at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship.

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In 'Recollections Of My Nonexistence,' Rebecca Solnit Once Again Tackles Gender Bias

"[P]erhaps the best thing creative work can do is to compost into the soil so that, unremembered, it becomes the food of a new era, or rather, devoured, digested, the very consciousness of that era."

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Hilary Mantel Says Now-Complete Trilogy Was 'The Central Project Of My Life'

The Mirror & the Light will be the last novel in Mantel's acclaimed trilogy about King Henry VIII's powerful chief minister Thomas Cromwell. "I fold my hands. It's over to you, the reader," she says.

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After Woody Allen's Memoir Was Signed, Book Publisher's Employees Walk Out

Two days after Ronan Farrow announced he "can't work with" Hachette Book Group after its acquisition of Woody Allen's memoir, employees of the publishing house walked out in protest as well.