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Presidents And Pilgrims: 3 Boundary-Pushing Books

'Tis the season to be thankful — especially for those pioneering patriots, our nation's founders. Author David O. Stewart recommends three page-turners that tell the true story of early America.
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Why A New York Cheese Buyer Hangs On The Euro's Fate

Most of the cheese at Murray's Cheese Shop comes from Europe. And the cheese buyer's bonus hinges on the future of the euro.
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Bill Maher Lays Down The (Mostly Silly) Law

Comedian Bill Maher's new book contains heartfelt essays about the condition of our country. There are also some rules — for things like typography, warning signs and lamp cords.
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2011's Best Cookbooks, Tested And Tasted

There are many ways to describe the season between Thanksgiving and New Years, but for cooks, it's cooking season. People across the country are dusting off pots, pans and favorite cookbooks to prepare for multiple holiday dinners and all the meals in between. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Susan Chang of NPR's Kitchen Window about the best cookbooks to cook from or give for the holiday season.
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Kurt Vonnegut Was Not A Happy Man. 'So It Goes.'

Kurt Vonnegut liked to present himself as the American Mark Twain, but the real man underneath that image was considerably more complicated and damaged.
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Speak, Memory: 'An Ending' That Uncovers The Past

Julian Barnes' Man Booker award-winning The Sense of an Ending investigates the power of self-delusion and how our memories are more edited than we believe.
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In 'Hugo,' Scorsese Salutes A Movie Magician

Based on Brian Selznick's 2007 children's book, Martin Scorsese's latest film, Hugo, pays tribute to early 20th-century French filmmaker — and cinematic trailblazer — Georges Melies.

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