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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014's Great Reads

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:03am

NPR staff and critics selected some 250 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to filter books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.

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A #SadTree Lot: Your Photos Of The Charlie Browniest Trees

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:23pm

To mark 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on American televisions, our readers are sharing photos and memories of Christmas trees that reflect the spirit of that TV classic.

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Fill 'Er Up: The Joys Of Good Gas Station Food

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:08pm

Forget dried-out doughnuts and creepy-looking hot dogs. In cities across the U.S., patrons can fill up on gourmet grub and top off their tanks in one stop.

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Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:49pm

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.

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How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:43pm

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.

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Book News: Files Said To Contradict 'In Cold Blood' May See Light Of Day

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:00am

The son of an officer who investigated the murders central to Truman Capote's true-crime classic just won a bid in court to publish his father's findings, which he says contradict Capote's account.

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Watch Your Head When Checking Out Murakami's Strange 'Library'

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 6:03am

Haruki Murakami's 2008 novella about a young student trapped in an eerie library has just been translated into English. Critic Alan Cheuse calls it awfully weird and utterly down to earth.

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50 Years Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas': Share Your Sad Tree Photos

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:24pm

Since 1965, Charlie Brown's scrawny tree has been compared to many real-life Christmas trees. If you have one in your past – or in your den – we want to see it.

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North Korean Government Thought To Be Behind Sony Pictures Hack

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:59pm

The company's email and corporate networks were disabled, and five Sony films were leaked online. North Korean officials said "wait and see" when asked if they were behind the cyberattack.

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Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple University's Board

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:59pm

The move was announced Monday, in a short news release in which Bill Cosby cited "the best interests of the university and its students."

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From Feeling Lost To Army Strong, With The Help Of Poetry

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:22pm

Daisy Armstrong struggled in school. She was homeless for a time. Then she began performing poetry — and it helped her, a gay woman, find a niche where she never thought she'd belong: the Army.

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Historian Illustrates Racial Intolerance In The Northeast In Post-War U.S.

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:27pm

In his new book All Eyes Are Upon Us, Jason Sokol writes about how Northerners were blind to patterns of segregation, discrimination and racial violence in such states as New York and Massachusetts.

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P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made Of Clues, Not Coincidences

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:27pm

The best-selling author died Thursday. She was 94. In 1987, James told Terry Gross that while the "shock of finding the bodies is important" in her novels, she personally doesn't like "messy lives."

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Book News: Jacqueline Woodson Addresses Lemony Snicket's Watermelon Joke

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 9:13am

"His historical context, unlike my own, came from a place of ignorance," writes the National Book Award-winning Woodson, responding to racially charged comments delivered after she won her prize.

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Mexican Chef Serves Up An Authoritative Guide To Her Country's Cuisine

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:34am

Unlike other exhaustive guides to Mexico's diverse regional foods, Mexico: The Cookbook was written by a Mexican. Margarita Carrillo's recipes aim for simplicity to lure American readers to explore.

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For These Millennials, Gender Norms Have Gone Out Of Style

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:55pm

Many millennials say they find traditional notions of gender too confining. And they are rewriting the rules and refashioning clothes so that they can dress and accessorize in whatever way they want.

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Pope Francis As Reformer, Evangelizer — And Doctrinal Conservative

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 4:04pm

Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography of Pope Francis, says the media have misjudged the Pope's comments on abortion and homosexuality — but that Francis is a radical in other respects.

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First Rule In iPhone Photography: Edit, Edit, Edit

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:06am

Professional photographer David Hulme Kennerly has produced a book of photos taken with his iPhone. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to the Pulitzer Prize winner about how to avoid "visual mediocrity."

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Mark Strand's Poetry Moved Easily From Common To Sublime

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:06am

Poet laureate Mark Strand has died at age 80. He spurned conventional form and wrote spare and haunting prose, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999.

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An Aging Rake, An Ingenue, And A Strapping Young Painter In 'Tristana'

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 4:44am

NYRB Classics has just reissued Tristana, an 1892 novel by the great Spanish author Benito Pérez Galdós. Critic Juan Vidal says Tristana's intelligence and emotional richness is comparable to Dickens.

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