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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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Coping With Curveballs: Life's "Official Rules"

Author Paul Dickson has spent decades gathering the everyday axioms and principles that help us cope with life's curve balls. He joins Kojo to discuss the more than 5,000 "official rules" for living that keep us sane amid bad days and bad luck.

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An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

Mbali Vilakazi, the winner of our Poetry Games last year, honors Mandela's memory with a poem, "The Black Pimpernel." The title is a derogatory nickname given to Mandela in his revolutionary days. Vilakazi's poem looks toward the future: "And if we have stood on the shoulders of giants, / We are giants still / And giants, we will come again."

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