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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:16:00 -0500 
    Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.


Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.


A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.


Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:03:15 -0500 
    Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.


Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:16:00 -0500 
    For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.


'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500 
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:07:00 -0500 
    The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.


Playlist: Writers On Writing 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:38:09 -0500 
    In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.


3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.


5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500 
    Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.
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