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A Homecoming For Rachel Griffiths On Broadway

The Australian actress known in the U.S. for her role on HBO's Six Feet Under returns to her roots as a stage actress in Other Desert Cities. "Theater was where I began," she says.
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A Passion For The Past: 2011's Best Historical Fiction

These five outstanding novels take us to unfamiliar eras and exotic locales — ancient Israel, Elizabethan England, 1920s Paris — while confirming our common humanity.
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Author Neil Gaiman Plays Not My Job

The author of Coraline and American Gods was born in Hampshire, U.K., and now lives near Minneapolis. We'll ask him three questions about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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For 'Downton' Fans, A New Season And A New Book

Jessica Fellowes, author of a new book about the successful series Downton Abbey, talks about the story of the Crawleys and the world they inhabit.
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Fired Up: The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy books aren't just getting more popular, they're interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms — swapping DNA with literary novels, commenting on current events, morphing into historical science fiction romances, and evolving into hard-boiled detective fantasy.
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David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

It's tradition! Writer and humorist David Sedaris reflects on his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's. Sedaris first read the "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992 — and instantly, a classic was born.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 23

Christmastime celebrations abound in and around the District of Columbia.
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Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Scandinavian Glogg

In snowy Norway, nothing evokes Christmastime like a pot of glogg brewing on the stove. The traditional Scandinavian winter drink mixes wine, spirits and spices like clove, cardamom and cinnamon to make for a brew that smells divine and tastes even better.
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Indulge Yourself: 2011's Best Celebrity Tell-Alls

Susan Jane Gilman recommends behind-the-scenes reads about the rich and famous — by a rock star, a hotel concierge, a stuntman and a Brat Packer, all offering backstage passes to their glamorous lives. Entertaining and star-studded, they make for perfect holiday escapism — with a cocktail (or two) in hand.

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