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“The Godfather” James Brown Biography Hits Stands

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What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include an electrifying biography of the Godfather of Soul, a fine new novel by Carol Anshaw, and a fresh take on the ancient tale of Achilles.

James Brown was never a big man, but even as a troubled young man growing up in poverty, he was larger than life. RJ Smith’s new biography, The One, tells the fascinating life story of the iconic soul singer who could whip audiences into a sweat-drenched frenzy with his primal screams and sensational dance moves.

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Drawing on more than 100 interviews and digging out the truth behind the legends surrounding Brown, The One draws a portrait of a “musical genius who became a cultural icon and a lightning rod for controversy.”.. Read More

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