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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

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Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

For December, Forget Wrapping Presents And Treat Yourself To These 3 Romances

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Escape from the holiday whirl with three tasty romances, featuring a duke with an epic library, a young girl finding herself in the big city and a proper lady finding love where she least expects it.

'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film

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In 1936 the book, The Story of Ferdinand, was published. Two years later, Disney turned it into an Oscar-winning short film. Now, the beloved story has gotten its first major movie adaptation.

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Get Snackalicious With 'Pok Pok The Drinking Food Of Thailand'

Ready for some flavor-crazed snacking and sipping? The Pok Pok restaurant team's latest cookbook explores a subset of Thai cooking called "drinking food," largely unknown in the United States.

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A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'

Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.

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In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death

James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.

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25 Years Later, He Speaks To The Man Who Killed His Son

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of a shooting incident at Simon's Rock college in Massachusetts, a father whose son was killed that day sits down with the man who pulled the trigger.

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Portland's Pix Weighs In (On A Scale!) With French Tea Cakes

Portland's Pix Patisserie chef rethinks French pastry, showing home bakers step-by-step how to turn out desserts with a twist. Example: cute-as-buttons Raspberry Almond Tea Cakes.

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

Author Gregory Maguire made his name re-writing fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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'Dawn Of The New Everything' Argues For Human-Centered Technology

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier's book is part memoir, part history of the development of VR, and an unexpected but welcome comparison of the promises of VR with those of artificial intelligence.