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Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand New Sound

Forget the taped readings of yore. Today's audiobooks feature integrated musical performances, movie-quality sound effects and all-star casts of rotating narrators. Take a peek at the new world of listenable literature with AudioFile magazine founder Robin Whitten's list of four notable audiobooks from 2013.
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Three Books Alan Cheuse Thinks You Should Read This Winter

Alan Cheuse gives us the books you must give this holiday season. His top three for the year? The Collected Stories of John Updike, a sprawling collection of T.C. Boyle's stories, and critic and cultural historian Stanley Crouch's Kansas City Lightning, The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker.
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2013 Kids and Young Adult Winter Reading

Looking for last minute inspiration for the good little kids and teens on your holiday gift list? Join us as we explore titles that would win over all young readers, voracious and reluctant alike.

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Cookbooks: 2013 Year In Review

We review some of the standout cookbooks published in 2013 with Washington Post recipe editor Bonnie Benwick.

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Book News: Trayvon Martin's Parents Talking To Publishers

Also: The British Library releases more than 1 million images to Flickr; the resistible charms of Alain de Botton; and the earliest prison diary written by a black man or woman.
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A Personal 'Report From The Interior' Of Author Paul Auster

Writer Paul Auster explores his own intellectual and moral maturation in his new book Report from the Interior. It's his fifth book about his own life, but Auster says it's not himself he's interested in.
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54 Days In The Eternal City: A Christian 'Pilgrimage' For Lent

Each Lenten season, Christians travel to Rome to visit a different martyr's shrine each day. The pilgrim-worn path, which dates back to the dawn of Christianity, includes some of the city's most striking churches and historic art. Theologian George Weigel, author of Roman Pilgrimage, says the journey grounded his faith in real places and people.
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New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood

The heroes of The Guardian Princess Alliance wait for no Prince Charmings: They battle to save the world from modern environmental threats, like genetically altered crops.
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StoryCorps: A Decade Of 'Ties That Bind'

The StoryCorps project has collected more than 50,000 stories, many of them shared on NPR's airwaves, and it recently marked its 10th anniversary with a book: Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. David Isay, the project's creator, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that StoryCorps is like "a shake on the shoulder every week ... reminding you: this is what's important."
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Satan's Naked Women, Gatsby's Cocktails, And Other Literary Fetes

In A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction, London-based party promoter Suzette Field offers a guide to literature's most famous and fabulous hosts and their soirees — from Proust and Tom Wolfe to Jay Gatsby and Hollywood Wives.

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