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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:12am

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

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British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:00am

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

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Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:53pm

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.

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Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:13am

Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.

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North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 6:03am

Cold dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."

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For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 4:13am

Thanksgiving menus traditionally celebrate the bounty of late fall. In rural Alaska, that means walrus, moose, fermented fish heads and Eskimo ice cream — salmonberries mixed with Crisco.

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Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:16am

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 5:15pm

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:08pm

Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.

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Lions, Pianos And Boomboxes, Oh My: Movie Artifacts Hit The Auction Block

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:28pm

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz, the piano from Casablanca, and Radio Raheem's boombox from Do the Right Thing are some of the pieces of Hollywood memorabilia that sold at auction Monday night in New York.

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The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 2:46pm

The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

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Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:13am

From Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy, two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:09am

The University of Texas at Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:46pm

Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.

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Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:37pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.

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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:55pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".

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Sandwich Monday: The Thanksgiving Hot Durkey

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we make our own holiday turkey — out of hot dogs.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:49pm

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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