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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

December 20, 2014 - 2:16pm

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.

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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

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.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

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.

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Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

December 20, 2014 - 4:03am

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.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

December 20, 2014 - 2:16am

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.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

December 19, 2014 - 3:33pm

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014

December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

December 19, 2014 - 7:07am

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

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Playlist: Writers On Writing

December 19, 2014 - 6:38am

In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

December 19, 2014 - 4:03am

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.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

December 19, 2014 - 1:00am

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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