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Tell Me a Story

Has all the fake-memoir press—how many little pieces, exactly?—left you feeling cynical toward the genre? Restore your faith with these earnest (and highly believable) authors.


  1. 1. John Hope Franklin

    February 20 at Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., nr. Broadway; 212-253-0810; free

    In his autobiography Mirror to America, the nonagenarian author and scholar tells a story that’s nothing if not inspiring: Born into segregation, he went on to earn his Ph.D. at Harvard, become the first African-American to gain a history professorship at a white college, and write a book, From Slavery to Freedom, that sold 3.5 million copies.

  2. 2. Anthony Rapp

    February 21 at Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave., at 22nd St.;212-727-1227; free.

    The much-loved star of the original Rent on Broadway takes fans behind the scenes with his memoir, Without You.


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