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An Ancient Tale Of War, An Ode To Epic Mythology

Homage to the Iliad lingers in literature even today, but most retellings do not live up to the grandeur of their ancient ancestor. Author Dawn Tripp recommends a rare find that does measure up — the haunting Homeric novel Ransom, by David Malouf.
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3 Problem-Solving Reads For The Scientific Sleuth

Science has a way of getting inside our heads — especially when it comes to the powers of the mind. Author and neurologist Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa recommends three brilliant brain-teasing books.
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7 Books With Personality: Nancy Pearl's 2011 Picks

NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
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Nigella's Tips For A Frugal Yet Festive Holiday

Here's a little Christmas secret: Dusting desserts with powdered sugar makes them look more expensive. Chef Nigella Lawson talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about her tricks for economical holiday hosting.
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At The High Court, A Tribute To A 'Chef Supreme'

A new cookbook pays tribute to a master chef, the late Martin Ginsburg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Frozen lime souffle, anyone?
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Shimon Peres' Book Honors Israel's Founding Father

Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion is a mythic figure. In Ben-Gurion: A Political Life, Israeli President Shimon Peres talks about his mentor.
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Fame And Misery For The 'Queen Of America'

Teresa Urrea was a real Mexican saint who was exiled to the U.S. 'Queen of America' tells the fictional story of her rise to pop star status and her desperate attempt to stop the machine of stardom.

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