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Steve Inskeep spoke to Raekwon about the new book, the difficulties of his upbringing and the trappings of success. Sebastian Duncan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'From Staircase to Stage': Raekwon on growing up in N.Y. and the Wu-Tang Clan

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Harper Collins

Harsh Times: A Novel, by Mario Vargas Llosa Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Mario Vargas Llosa explores 1954 Guatemalan coup in new novel

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Steven Van Zandt [left], James Gandolfini and Tony Sirico starred in HBO's hit television series, The Sopranos. HBO/Getty Images hide caption

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HBO revolutionized TV, but the next few years are tipped to be pivotal for its future

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Dave Grohl performs onstage during the taping of the 2021 "Vax Live" fundraising concert at the in Inglewood, Calif. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Dave Grohl retraces his life-affirming path from Nirvana to Foo Fighters

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A clerk shows a customer an AR-15 style rifle at a gun show in Costa Mesa, Calif. in June 2021. Gun sales increased in the U.S, following COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Former gun industry insider explains why he left to fight for the other side

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Nikole Hannah-Jones won a MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2017. She is a tenured faculty member at Howard University. The New York Times hide caption

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'1619 Project' journalist says Black people shouldn't be an asterisk in U.S. history

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The covers of Fire Keeper's Daughter, Hunting by Stars, The Barren Grounds, and The Sentence. LA Johnson hide caption

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LA Johnson

'The Characters Are The Light'

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces during the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Blair Braverman is a contributing editor to Outside Magazine. She's also appeared on the Discovery reality show Naked and Afraid, in which she and a partner were left in a remote area of South Africa without clothes, food or water for three weeks. Nathaniel Wilder/Harper Collins hide caption

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Don't get dragged! Iditarod musher shares tales from the trail

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Rax King, author of Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer. Nikki Austin-Garlington/Nikki Austin-Garlington / Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group hide caption

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