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The Haunted Life Of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini

Boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won the championship his fighter father never could — but his life was marred by tragedy when he defended his title against a South Korean boxer who died after the match. A new biography of Mancini describes how his life changed after that fateful fight.
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"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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A Close Look At Your Bills' 'Fine Print'

In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, author David Cay Johnston examines the fees that companies have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger. He tells Fresh Air that companies are misusing language to "confuse people."
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Debunking The 'Myth Of The Muslim Tide'

In his new book, Doug Saunders says there are those who believe immigration and high birth rates will make Muslims a majority in Europe in coming decades — and their hostility to Western values makes them a threat. Saunders tells Fresh Air that such fears are based on inaccurate assertions of fact.
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Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

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In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

Attica Locke was inspired to write her new novel after attending an interracial couple's wedding on a plantation. The Cutting Season tells the story of two murders set a century apart. The past, Locke says, "walks with us still."

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