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In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

Leonard S. Bernstein — the writer, not the composer — once owned and managed a garment factory. In his first work of fiction the octogenarian crafts quaint parables about the comic futility of life.
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Morning Edition Book Club Selects Its First Read

The first pick, selected by author Ann Patchett, is the gripping story of the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in 2010. The miners' ordeal is laid out by journalist Hector Tobar in Deep Down Dark.
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Vocab Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.
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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

In Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast combines text, cartoons, sketches and photos to describe her interactions with her parents during the last years of their lives.
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Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

This isn't your typical story time; public libraries are designing new programs to help parents and caregivers interact with toddlers in ways that will encourage future reading.
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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?
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Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

For kids to be exposed to reading, families have to have books to read to them, which isn't a given — especially in low-income areas. First Book works to get quality literature into those communities.
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From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent English-Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.
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Jamie Oliver, Up To His Elbows In Mashed Potatoes With 'Comfort Food'

For his new cookbook, chef Jamie Oliver compiled soul-soothing, stomach-satisfying recipes from around the world. And this time, he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer, he worried less about calorie counts.
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Novel Gives Voice To Virginia Woolf's Overshadowed Sister

In Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar imagines what Vanessa Bell wrote in her journal when she and Woolf were helping to form the Bloomsbury Group, a gathering of London artists and intellectuals.

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