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On This 'Tree Of Treasures' There's No Such Thing As An Ordinary Ornament

NPR | Dec. 03, 2016

Bonnie Mackay has written an unusual sort of memoir: Tree of Treasures is the story of her life, told through Christmas tree ornaments. She has nearly 3,000 of them, divided into 67 classifications.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

NPR | Dec. 02, 2016

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

NPR | Dec. 01, 2016

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

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In 'ODY-C,' A Greek Hero Worthy Of Women

NPR | Dec. 1, 2016 7:56 a.m.

Matt Fraction and Christian Ward's splendidly trippy, genderbent retelling of the Odyssey sets the story in space, as warlike Odyssia, "witchjack and wanderer" winds her way home to far Ithicaa.

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'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

NPR | Dec. 1, 2016 4:50 a.m.

In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.

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'Searching For John Hughes,' And Finding Yourself

NPR | Nov. 29, 2016 6:17 a.m.

Jason Diamond tried to write a biography of John Hughes, director of classic '80s teen movies, but along the way, the story became more about his search for Hughes than the elusive filmmaker himself.

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Long Unseen By Readers, H.G. Wells Ghost Story Finally Debuts In Print

NPR | Nov. 27, 2016 6:38 a.m.

The Strand Magazine is publishing the story, which languished unread for decades. The magazine's managing editor says it was Wells' "indecipherable" handwriting that gave the story away.

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100 Years After Jack London's Death, Hearing His Call

NPR | Nov. 26, 2016 4 a.m.

Jack London died 100 years ago this week, worn out from drink, disease and overwork — but he left behind a prolific body of work that considers the vast scope of human experience and suffering.

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In 'Dust Bath Revival,' The True Fantasy Is A World Without Shame

NPR | Nov. 24, 2016 4 a.m.

Marianne Kirby's new novel is set in an America overrun by zombies — and also an America in which no one is judged on their appearance; her protagonist is fat and queer, and never hindered by that.

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Sweetly Familiar Fantasy With A Twist In 'Of Fire And Stars'

NPR | Nov. 23, 2016 4 a.m.

Audrey Coulthurst's tale of a princess who falls in love with her intended prince's sister will remind you of fantasy novels you loved as a child — all teen angst, horses and reluctant love.

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Celebrate A Cornucopia Of New Pacific Northwest Cookbooks

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 11:45 a.m.

Enjoy a sampling of tempting dishes and culinary wisdom from a cornucopia of cookbooks published recently in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Amazing Adventures Of Michael Chabon's Sort-Of-Grandpa In 'Moonglow'

NPR | Nov. 22, 2016 4:11 a.m.

Moonglow is a playful, fictional take on the family memoir. Set in 1990, it stars young author "Mike" Chabon, who's visitng his dying grandfather. And Grandpa, it turns out, has led a remarkable life.

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Pacific Northwest Pies: All About The (Cran)berries

OPB | Nov. 21, 2016 4 p.m.

The approachable new "Art of the Pie" cookbook's Olympic Peninsula author knows how to slice it for fall-winter holidays: In the Pacific Northwest, pie-baking is all about the (cran)berries.