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October 19th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

'Diplomacy and Diamonds:' Joanne King Herring chronicles her exciting life in new book

Joanne King Herring has lived the equivalent of ten lives.  The Houston socialite has partied with princes, premiers, and presidents; worked with unlikely allies, including Charlie Wilson, Pierre Cardin, and Ronald Reagan and blazed trails for women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and America.

Ali Velshi sits down with Herring on American Morning today to discuss politics, her charity and her new book, "Diplomacy and Diamonds," which chronicles the exciting adventures of her life.

Filed under: Books
September 28th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Actor Taye Diggs discusses new children's book 'Chocolate Me!'

Actor Taye Diggs, best known for his work on Broadway and for starring in ABC's "Private Practice," has written a new children's book called "Chocolate Me!"

The book tells the story of a black child who is teased for looking different, but eventually learns to embrace what sets him apart from his predominatly white neighbors with the help of his mother. Diggs, who worked on the book with his cousin Shane Evans, wrote it with the goal of helping kids accept their skin color.

Diggs sits down with Carol Costello and Ali Velshi today on American Morning to talk about the book and what inspired him to write it, and what we can expect from the new season of his hit show, which premieres this Thursday.

Filed under: Books • Race
September 27th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Author of controversial new book 'Is Marriage for White People?' talks marriage in the African-American community

According to the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 45 percent of African-American women have never been married, compared with 23 percent of white women.

In his controversial new book, "Is Marriage for White People?", Stanford Law Professor Ralph Richard Banks argues that the declining rate of marriage among blacks over the past 50 years largely boils down to a simple problem of supply and demand. Banks suggest that African-American women should look outside of their race to find men to marry.

Banks joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to explain the conclusions he presents in his book and to discuss marriage in the African-American community.

Filed under: Books • Marriage • Race
September 22nd, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings releases new book about geography

Ken Jennings, famous for winning 74 straight Jeopardy games and $2.52 million dollars on the show, has always loved geography. As a child, he slept with a Hammond World Atlas under his pillow every night.

In his new book, "Maphead," Jennings  explains why both himself and many others around the world find maps and geography so fascinating.

Jennings discusses the state of geography education in the United States and comments on new navigation technology today on American Morning.

Filed under: Books
September 20th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Author of controversial new book about Palin discusses allegations about drugs, sex

Joe McGinniss' controversial new book about Sarah Palin, "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," is set to hit stands today and it is already generating a lot of buzz.

The book touches on virtually every controversy, rumor and accusation about Palin's political and personal life. Among other claims, McGinniss alleges that Palin was an image-obsessed governor and a poor parent who once used cocaine.

The book has received a hefty amount of criticism from both Palin's supporters and other outlets like the New York Times, which calls the book "dated" and "petty".

McGinniss responds to this criticism today on American Morning and discusses the various claims he made in the book.

Filed under: Books • Sarah Palin
September 19th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

What is 'post-Blackness?' Author Touré explains the concept, his new book

Within his new book "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?," author Touré explores the concept of post-Blackness and what it means to be an African American in today's world.

Touré has said that his motivation for writing the book was to kill the ongoing discussion that some people are "legitimately" Black, while others are not.

Today on American Morning, Touré discusses his book and explains if he thinks that President Obama should be doing more to help Black Americans.

Filed under: Books • Race
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