Judge Michael Zusman's bialys are topped with roasted onions, poppy seeds and coarse salt.
December 31, 2013 Michael Zusman used to be a lawyer, specializing in suing financial companies. The work literally started making him sick. Then he stumbled into baking. His new cookbook promises that you can make your own pastrami, pickles and bagels better than you can buy at your local deli.
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December 31, 2013 Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was kidnapped at knife point from her bedroom. She was held for nine months before finally being rescued. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her memoir, <em>My Story</em> and her Mormon faith - which made her both a target, and a survivor. This segment originally aired Oct. 11, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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December 31, 2013 Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated living poets. She's well known for beautiful descriptions of family, friends, politics and even food. Host Michel Martin talks with Giovanni about some of the surprises in her latest collection, <em>Chasing Utopia</em>. This segment originally aired Oct. 29, 2013 on Tell Me More.
December 31, 2013 Olivia Laing illuminates the complex relationships between writers and alcohol in The Trip to Echo Spring — Echo Spring being, of course, the euphemism Tennessee Williams used for the liquor cabinet in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says the book is "beautifully written, haunting, tragic and instructive in the best sense."
December 29, 2013 For the Department of Labor's centennial celebration, Carl Fillichio thought outside the box and asked the public for books that influenced work in America. The usual suspects are there — Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and What Color is Your Parachute — but also some oddball choices from children's literature and poetry. Fillichio gives NPR's Jennifer Ludden highlights from the ongoing project.
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December 29, 2013 Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.
December 28, 2013 When author Chris Abani was a boy, he was miserable at Catholic seminary and he felt like an outsider in his own family. One summer break, at home in Afikpo, he discovered James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room. The tragic, taboo love story made young Abani feel that at last he'd found someone who understood how out of place he felt in his own life.
December 28, 2013 Miss Havisham is one of Charles Dickens' most enduring characters. She appears in Great Expectations as an eccentric recluse, jilted at the altar years ago, who still wears her wedding gown and presides over a rotting feast. In his new novel, Ronald Frame imagines the kind of life that would have created such a woman.
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December 27, 2013 In the 1960s, catching a flight wasn't much of a hassle. No lines, no security screenings and no need to show ID. But the ease of travel brought with it some serious consequences.
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December 27, 2013 This week's Must Read, our topical book recommendation series, usually focuses on events in the news. But today, with an eye on the dropping thermometer, book critic Parul Sehgal suggests a seasonal text. Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel offers a cozy, eccentric depiction of winter — perfect for curling up with as the snow comes down.
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December 27, 2013 Debuting at No. 13, Long Walk to Freedom is the autobiography of the late statesman Nelson Mandela.
by Allie Brosh
by Jennifer S. Holland
by Cheryl Strayed
by Sarah Janssen
by Yankee Publishing Incorporated
December 27, 2013 Dear Life, a collection by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, stays at No. 1 for the 10th straight week.
by Alice Munro
by Maria Semple
by Jess Walter
by Louise Erdrich
by Barbara Kingsolver
December 27, 2013 Charles Krauthammer's Things That Matter, at No. 3, features essays on sports, politics and culture.
by Charles Krauthammer
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
by Malcolm Gladwell
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
by Bill Bryson
December 27, 2013 At No. 2, John Grisham's Sycamore Row returns to the world of his first novel, A Time to Kill.
by Donna Tartt
by John Grisham
by Mary Oliver
by Mitch Albom
by Eleanor Catton
December 27, 2013 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
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