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Diana Vreeland's Rise To 'Empress Of Fashion'

Diana Vreeland had a troubled childhood; her mother often told her she was ugly. But she later became editor-in-chief of American Vogue and one of the country's most revered fashion icons. Her life is captured in the new biography, Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland. Host Michel Martin talks with author Amanda Mackenzie Stuart.
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Listen Up! Audiobooks For Every Taste

From a charming tale of the tooth fairy to the very grown-up fiction of Graham Greene, read by the very grown-up Colin Firth, Robin Whitten of AudioFile magazine picks some of 2012's best audiobooks for your holiday listening.
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Cheap Bubbly Or Expensive Sparkling Wine? Look To The Bubbles For Clues

Here are a few things to look for if you're trying to distinguish the age of your bottle of bubbly or the method by which it was made. And if you just want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to preserving the bubbles, consider how you pour.
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Death Of The (Predatory) Salesman: These Days, It's A Buyer's Market

In his new book, To Sell Is Human, Daniel H. Pink describes how access to information has empowered buyers and dramatically changed the sales landscape. Caveat emptor — buyer beware — is still good advice, Pink says, but so is caveat venditor — seller beware.
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Author Ben Fountain's Book Picks For 2013

Ben Fountain's first novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. He's well-read for 2013, so we thought we'd ask him what to look forward to in the book world.
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Stuffed Muskrat Stars In Maryland Town's New Year's Tradition

A lighted ball tends to take center stage at most New Year's Eve celebrations, but in Princess Anne, Md., a muskrat in a tophat becomes star of the town.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 31

You can finish off 2012 dancing at these New Year's Eve celebrations.

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Close Out The Year With Some Best-Selling Last Words

As the year comes to an end, NPR librarian Kee Malesky shares closing lines from some great novels — those last few moments spent with a story that you love.

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