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It Still Isn't Easy, But Independent Bookstores Are Doing Better

Despite intense competition from Amazon and big-box retailers, there are more independent bookstores now than there were four years ago. Borders' bankruptcy, the "buy local" movement and cooperative publishers have all contributed to the renaissance.
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More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By 'The Hunger Games'

The popularity of The Hunger Games book and film series is leading to an uptick in the popularity of archery, especially among girls. USA Archery says membership is on the rise, and some sporting equipment outfitters have seen a big boost in bow and arrow sales in the years since the series began.
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Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews that identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
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"The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

A surprise winner at this year's National Book Award, James McBride's latest novel takes on the story of abolitionist John Brown's doomed raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

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Pie Pops: Bite-sized 'Pocket Pies' On A Stick

Michel Martin talks with Andrea Smetona, author of the recipe book Easy as Pie Pops, about the bite-sized treats on a stick. For the Thanksgiving table, there's even a sweet potato pie pop.
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'Long Day In November' Back Again After Long Time Gone

Alan Cheuse reviews A Long Day in November by Ernest Gaines. It's a children's book that was originally published in 1971 and has just been re-released.
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Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability — it was an important part of the personal narrative that helped him win the presidency.
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New Book Tries to Capture 'The Black Experience'

Retha Powers spent nearly seven years compiling quotes from across the African Diaspora. The result is Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases and Proverbs from Voices Around The World. Host Michel Martin talks with Powers about some of her favorite selections.
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Daniel Menaker's 'Mistake' Formed His Life View

Daniel Menaker rose through the ranks at The New Yorker to become the fiction editor, and later became editor in chief at Random House. He joins host Rachel Martin to talk about his new memior, My Mistake, which describes a childhood incident that resulted in the death of his brother.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Deja Vu? Try French Food This Year

After years of cooking and eating the same pumpkin pies, stuffing and green bean casseroles, you might be in a Thanksgiving slump. Veteran restaurant critic Patricia Wells has a few recipes — including a spicy pumpkin soup and "intense" chocolate custards — to put a French twist on the holiday.

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