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Just 'Between You & Me,' Here Are Some Handy Grammar Tips

Mary Norris has been a copy editor at The New Yorker since 1978. She dispenses some of the collected grammatical wisdom of those decades in a new book, Between You & Me (and it is "me," not "I").
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Straight Out Of Brooklyn: 'Encyclofoodia' Pokes Fun At Foodies

Comics posing as chefs have written a book with sensational recipes and explanations of essential tools like the "spankler." It's designed to "spank the food if it does anything wrong."
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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and also for its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. She discusses the books with Terry Gross.
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Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Matzo balls are at the center of any Passover seder. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, known as the "grande dame" of Jewish cooking, explains the history behind this culinary tradition.
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'The Brothers' Examines Motivation Behind Boston Marathon Bombing

David Greene talks to author Masha Gessen about her new book, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, a look into the experiences that led the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the Boston Bombing.
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'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in Maplewood, N.J., in the '60s and '70s. He says it's a way of keeping his parents alive, "not just for me, but for the world."
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In Bhutto's 'Crescent Moon,' Pakistan 'Demands A Sacrifice From Its People'

Fatima Bhutto is a member of one of the most famous families in Pakistan. Her novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is about Pakistan's remote tribal regions, where loyalties are very divided.
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Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups

When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, "You can imagine how quiet they were." Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.
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Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
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Scott Simon: 'We Don't Fully Grow Up' Until We Lose Our Parents

"There are some lessons that only grief and responsibility can teach us," says Weekend Edition host Scott Simon. His new memoir, Unforgettable, is about the life and death of his mother.

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