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Pictures Books With A 'Clash Bash' Of Culture For Kids

Monica Brown has written more than a dozen children's picture books with English and Spanish text side by side. Raised by a South American mother and North American father, she says, "I wanted to write stories that reflected the multi-ethnic, bilingual nature of my own family."
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This British Spy Thriller Shows How Thrill-Less Spying Can Be

The presidential panel on NSA has brought renewed attention to the practice of spying this week. Phone tapping, searching records and general intrigue — these have been popular topics in literature and film for well nigh a century. But espionage is not often a glamorous task, as author Julia Keller reminds us.
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'Duck Dynasty' Attracts Christian Conservatives

The patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family has been suspended indefinitely from the hit reality TV show on A&E because of his remarks about homosexuality. He made the comments to GQ magazine. The show has spawned a multi-million-dollar industry of related products and books.
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Geeky Gamers Feast Upon Settlers Of Catan Cookbook

Deconstructed salads and nachos go in hexagonal bowls that mimic the layout of the German board game with a cult following. Cookbook author Chris-Rachel Oseland says that the recipes are perfect for die-hard players with dietary restrictions.
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Pat Neely Shares Holiday Comfort Food Ideas

Food Network host Pat Neely of Down Home With the Neelys, talks with host Michel Martin about why comfort food should be on every holiday table.
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Book News: Memoir Coming From Obama's Half-Brother

Mark Obama Ndesandjo will reportedly recall his father's abusive behavior. Also: A Turkish court suspends the trial of men accused of "corrupting public morals" for publishing a century-old novel; and a new e-book subscription service launches.
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Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race

What books that touch on topics of race would you recommend to a not-so-bookish teen? A reader asks us to share our suggestions.
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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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