James MacManus diligently recreates French poet Charles Baudelaire’s fiery romance with his “Black Venus” - the Haitian singer who fueled his most notorious work, Les Fleurs du Mal.
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December 5: "It's common these days for memoirs of childhood to concentrate on some dark secret within the author's ostensibly happy family.... Memoir in America is an atrocity arms race."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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