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Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Beautiful Struggle; Christie's These Days; Hoffberger's Measure of A Life

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is getting lots of attention for his new memoir, written as a letter to his son.  We take another listen to our talk  with Coates and his father, Paul, when Ta-Nehisi had just written his first memoir about raising children, and growing up on Baltimore’s mean streets: "coming up I didn't feel that I was particularly disadvantage or that anything was wrong; I still don't."

Then –Margo Christie was 16 when she began working as a stripper on Baltimore’s Block. Her time there inspired her novel, These Days. She talked about it with Tom Hall.

Our third recollection comes from Baltimore businessman and philanthropist LeRoy Hoffberger.  He called his memoir, Measure of a Life.