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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.

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  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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