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Last But Not Least: Books To Give This Season

Weekend Edition's Books Editor Barrie Hardymon tells Rachel Martin what books she should buy for everyone still left on her holiday shopping list.
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Twain's 'Letter From Santa Claus,' A Gift For All Ages

In 1875, Mark Twain wrote a letter to his 3-year-old daughter from Santa Claus. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on a father's love for his daughter at Christmas time.
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New French Book Is One 27 Years In The Making

NPR's Scott Simon notes that one of the best selling books in France this holiday season is by a man who begged on the streets of Paris for 27 years: Jean-Marie Roughol.
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Bad Poetry, Great Booze: The Story Of The Hidden Bootlegger's Manual

The book's outside cover boasted poems by a disgraced writer. But inside was page after page of handwritten recipes for alcohol — the secretly preserved know-how of a Prohibition-era doctor.
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'The Book Of Pears': A Love Letter To A Once Pre-Eminent Fruit

A British fruit historian convincingly argues in a new book that the pear is "the most exciting of the tree fruits." And she says it's time to revive pear culture and explore the fruit's diversity.
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Neil Gaiman On Returning To 'Sandman,' Talking In His Sleep And The Power Of Comics

Twenty-five years after he initially created Sandman, Gaiman returns to one of his most enduring characters. Gaiman says writing The Sandman: Overture was "the most intense period of my life."
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Bodies Through Time: A Historian Traces Our Evolving Relationship With The Dead

Thomas Laqueur, author of The Work of the Dead, discusses the ways people have dealt with human remains over the course of history. Modern cemeteries, he says, are byproducts of the French Revolution.
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Rebel Brew: What The Boston Tea Party And The Mad Hatter Had In Common

This week marks the 242nd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. This year is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. If you'll follow us down the rabbit hole, you'll find some surprising links.
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Best-Selling Author James Patterson To Award $1.75 Million In Literary Grants

James Patterson has donated hundreds of thousands of books and millions of dollars to promote reading. In partnership with Scholastic, this year he is giving nearly $2 million to school libraries.
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The Suffix 'Ism' Is Merriam-Webster's 2015 Word Of The Year

Merriam-Webster says its dictionary website has had very high traffic for words ending in i-s-m. Words such as racism, terrorism, fascism and capitalism.

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