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Jacques Pépin, pictured in his home in Connecticut in August, has a new book called Art of the Chicken. Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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America's most famous French chef on the 'Art of the Chicken' and a life well lived

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'Mercury Rising' explores treacherous U.S. attempts to control space

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Adrien Brody as The Playwright & Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. 2022 © Netflix hide caption

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'Blonde' director says the unhappiness of Marilyn Monroe should come as no surprise

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Remembering Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of the 'Wolf Hall' saga

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Author Julissa Arce makes the case for rejecting assimilation in her latest book, You Sound Like a White Girl. Aly Honore hide caption

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For author Julissa Arce, 'sounding white' isn't a compliment

Julissa Arce used to think that the secret to fitting in was to "sound white" — to speak English perfectly, with no accent. And for years after her family came to the U.S. from Mexico, she did all the things immigrants are "supposed" to do to assimilate: she went to college, got a job at Goldman Sachs and became an American citizen.

For author Julissa Arce, 'sounding white' isn't a compliment

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In November 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first Black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. The six-year-old was escorted by four U.S. marshals. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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After Making History As A Child, Ruby Bridges Shares Her Story With Today's Kids

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A novelist's time in the MMA cage informed his book on memory loss and identity

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'Less' offers more in Andrew Sean Greer's follow-up to his Pulitzer-winning novel

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40 years after she took the stage, 'Angelina Ballerina' is still dancing

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Monkey thieves, drunk elephants — Mary Roach reveals a weird world of animal 'crime'

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Saeed Jones confronts the end of the world in new poems

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