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The Key To Zen For Tony Bennett: 'Life Is A Gift'

At 86, legendary singer Tony Bennett says he's at the top of his game and more passionate than ever about his art. In his memoir Life Is a Gift, he reflects on more than six decades in the recording industry and lifetime surrounded by family and friends.
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Talking Turkey (And Pie) In 'Thanksgiving'

New York Times editor Sam Sifton has this important piece of Thanksgiving advice: Forget innovation. No ham, no swordfish, no beef tenderloin, just turkey and pie. His new book, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well, provides recipes for a simple, stress-free holiday meal.
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Book Review: 'Dear Life'

Critic Alan Cheuse says Canadian short story writer Alice Munro's new collection, Dear Life: Stories, is both arresting and worth reading.
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'Color Of Christ': A Story Of Race And Religion In America

What did Jesus look like? In their new book, The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey explore how different groups have claimed Jesus as their own — and how depictions of Jesus have both inspired civil rights crusades, and been used to justify the violence of white supremacists.
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Anne Lamott Distills Prayer Into 'Help, Thanks, Wow'

As Thanksgiving draws near, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for. Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott says she is filled with "wonder at the just sheer beauty of creation." She discusses her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.
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A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

Athanasius Kircher, a 17th-century Jesuit priest, was a renaissance man in name and deed. He strove to learn about almost everything. Unfortunately, many of his inventions and theories were pure nonsense. John Glassie writes about Kircher in his new book, A Man of Misconceptions.
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Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Insert $2 into the Biblio-Mat, and customers get a mystery, a biography, historical fiction — or a dud. The owner of a bookstore in Toronto came up with the machine as a way to clear his shelves of more ill-favored reads.
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Relationships, Short And Sweet, In 'Married Love'

Host Rachel Martin speaks with British writer Tessa Hadley about her new collection of short stories, Married Love and Other Stories. Hadley teaches creative writing at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and her stories regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine.

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