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Winter Reading

Whether you're looking for titles to give to others or for yourself, we've got lots of new releases to check out.

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Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life" (Rebroadcast)

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists, but he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

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Frozen Meals Soothe The Sick And Shut-In

A fresh hot meal is a thing of beauty when you're having a tough go of things, and can literally bring tears to people's eyes. But a full freezer? That's money in the bank. So when it comes to feeding people in need, an extra meal for the freezer can be the best gift of all.
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Art Beat With Jacob Fenston, Nov. 21

A jazzy, funky reunion is in the District along with two contemporary art shows.

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Hungry Hearts And Family Matters In 'Middlesteins'

Jami Attenberg's black comedy about the fallout of one woman's food addiction is a tough but affecting story about family members putting up with each other. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the novel's fragmented narration and jumpy timeline add to its emotional punch.
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A Model Career: 'Grace' Goes From Runway To Vogue

In a new memoir, Grace Coddington explains how she grew up on a remote island off the coast of Wales, started modeling as a young woman and ended up as creative director at Vogue magazine. Coddington speaks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her life in the fashion industry.
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When 'Unfilmable' Books Make Memorable Movies

Life of Pi and Cloud Atlas are two complicated, ambitious novels recently adapted for the big screen. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores what makes some singular narratives workable on film — and what makes some fail.
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Controversial Casting For A Nina Simone Biopic

The producer of an upcoming Nina Simone biopic has cast Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana in the lead role — a move that's proved controversial. Critics say that while Saldana is a talented actress, she's too close to traditional light-skinned Hollywood beauty standards.
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Bradley Cooper On Getting Back To His Roots

Bradley Cooper has been a comedy star — and People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." In Silver Linings Playbook, he plays an emotionally damaged schoolteacher trying to get his life together after being institutionalized. He speaks with Linda Wertheimer about the film.
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Talking Turkey (And Pie) In 'Thanksgiving'

New York Times editor Sam Sifton has this important piece of Thanksgiving advice: Forget innovation. No ham, no swordfish, no beef tenderloin, just turkey and pie. His new book, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well, provides recipes for a simple, stress-free holiday meal.

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