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Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

6 hours 31 min ago

Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.

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North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

9 hours 41 min ago

Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."

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For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

11 hours 31 min ago

Thanksgiving menus traditionally celebrate the bounty of late fall. In rural Alaska, that means walrus, moose, fermented fish heads and Eskimo ice cream — salmonberries mixed with Crisco.

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Gluten-Free? Vegan? Thanksgiving Recipes For Alternative Diets

12 hours 28 min ago

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

November 25, 2014 - 6:15pm

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

November 25, 2014 - 6:15pm

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

November 25, 2014 - 5:08pm

Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.

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Lions, Pianos And Boomboxes, Oh My: Movie Artifacts Hit The Auction Block

November 25, 2014 - 4:28pm

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz, the piano from Casablanca, and Radio Raheem's boombox from Do the Right Thing are some of the pieces of Hollywood memorabilia that sold at auction Monday night in New York.

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The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

November 25, 2014 - 3:46pm

The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

November 25, 2014 - 2:39pm

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

November 25, 2014 - 2:39pm

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

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Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

November 25, 2014 - 12:13pm

Two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons, from Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

November 25, 2014 - 10:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

November 24, 2014 - 5:46pm

Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.

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Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

November 24, 2014 - 4:37pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.

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BOOK THE GREAT REFORMER

November 24, 2014 - 3:55pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".

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Sandwich Monday: The Thanksgiving Hot Durkey

November 24, 2014 - 3:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we make our own holiday turkey — out of hot dogs.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

November 24, 2014 - 2:49pm

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

November 24, 2014 - 2:43pm

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

November 23, 2014 - 5:36pm

Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse Didi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.

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