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America owes a debt of gratitude to Amy Nathan for writing "Round & Round Together," a welcome reminder of the ten-year struggle to integrate Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park

The title of "Round & Round Together" was inspired by the fact that it was the park's merry-go-round that little Sharon rode that fateful afternoon. In the book, the author seamlessly interweaves eyewitness accounts of the long effort to desegregate Gwynn Oak with descriptions of what was simultaneously transpiring elsewhere around the country in the Civil Rights Movement.


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Lawyer who defended dozens charged with murder explains major problems with capital justice system

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- After defending more than 60 people charged with capital murder and getting three men off Alabama's death row, attorney Richard Jaffe wants to get people talking about the death penalty and what he believes are its flaws.


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African nation with rich literary history once again grabbing notoriety through new crop of writers

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The chaos of Nigeria's largest city of Lagos gets boiled down to prose as a narrator notes "how unpretty" its sprawl looks, with "its unplanned houses sprouting like weeds." Another author describes the madness of the commute, how six roads meet and "there is no traffic light."


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A scathing indictment of the silence of Caucasian clerics in the pulpit about the perilous plight of generations of African-Americans

A sobering clarion call to heed the history lessons of our horrifying past in these presumably post-racial times.


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"Gone Till November" will detail rapper's eight months at Rikers Island in 2010

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days.


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Dinesh Sharma's book is a fascinating analysis of the formative years which made the man

Barack Obama's historic run for the presidency spawned a cottage industry of books about him and the First Lady, with several even being published well before the inauguration. Most of the early offerings were merely take-the-money-and-run rip-offs, which is why this critic suggested that those impatient for a keepsake consider waiting for someone to come up with a worthwhile biography likely to stand the test of time.


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Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

This book features contributions from Occupy activists who were there from the beginning. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement, and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.


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Chinua Achebe rejects recognition, saying nation's issues "have not been addressed" by leaders

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The author of internationally acclaimed novel "Things Fall Apart" and other works examining the political failures and corruption of oil-rich Nigeria has again turned down a national honor over the failings of the nation.


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Founder of the African American Literature Book Club talks about technology, readership, and what Google is doing to hurt online journalism

Webmaster and literary figure Troy Johnson talks about both the challenges and rewards of running www.AALBC.com


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Police arrested Richard A. Franco in July after he was seen on property multiple times

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge ruled Monday that a man charged with stalking Halle Berry should stand trial on two charges filed after he was repeatedly seen on the actress' property earlier this year.

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