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7 Books With Personality: Nancy Pearl's 2011 Picks

NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 13

Billy Elliot dances his way to the District and some father/son sculpture.

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Nigella's Tips For A Frugal Yet Festive Holiday

Here's a little Christmas secret: Dusting desserts with powdered sugar makes them look more expensive. Chef Nigella Lawson talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about her tricks for economical holiday hosting.
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Shimon Peres' Book Honors Israel's Founding Father

Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion is a mythic figure. In Ben-Gurion: A Political Life, Israeli President Shimon Peres talks about his mentor.
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Teasing Out A New Word

Add a letter to create new words in a series of word teasers.
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Fame And Misery For The 'Queen Of America'

Teresa Urrea was a real Mexican saint who was exiled to the U.S. 'Queen of America' tells the fictional story of her rise to pop star status and her desperate attempt to stop the machine of stardom.
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Jockey Chris McCarron Plays Not My Job

McCarron has had plenty of success on horseback, but what does he know about racing other animals? We've invited him to play a game called: "On your marks, get ready, squirm!"
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Two Takes, Light And Dark, On The Unexpected Life

The films Young Adult and We Need to Talk About Kevin could hardly be more different — one tragic, the other comic — but at center, they're both about the same modern malady: the life that hasn't turned out as planned.
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The Bolo Tie's Artful Ride From Closet To Museum

Long a staple of Western wear, the bolo tie is getting the museum treatment in Phoenix. The Heard Museum celebrates the tie's history and artistry in a new exhibit where simple designs are displayed alongside more traditional works of art in the high-ceilinged gallery.

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