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AudioFile magazine's Robin Whitten recommends audiobooks with music, sound effects and great acting.
Also: The British Library releases more than 1 million images to Flickr.
Critics hated Amis' Yellow Dog, but author Ben Masters calls it a "small 21st-century masterpiece."
December 14, 2013 We've gotten some of the metrics back on NPR's Book Concierge and the results are a little surprising: the most popular combination of tags people searched for was Let's Talk About Sex plus Really Great Writing.
December 13, 2013 Also: The Dictionary of American Regional English goes digital; Alice Gregory on the literature of anorexia; the censorship policies at Guantánamo Bay.
December 12, 2013 Also: Lila Perl died at 92; David Foster Wallace and grammar; NEA grants awarded.
December 11, 2013 Also: Jennifer Szalai on the problem with "guilty pleasures"; Mike Tyson denied entry into the U.K.; portrait of Jane Austen sold at auction.
December 10, 2013 The latest installment in the Hobbit movie trilogy opens this week. And some hard-core fans plan to celebrate not just with a marathon screening of the Lord of The Ring films that came before it, but with a full day of feasting — seven meals, hobbit-style. We offer up a sample menu.
December 10, 2013 Also: Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Alice Munro's Nobel interview; the difficulties of judging the National Book Awards.
December 9, 2013 Also: comparing Nora Ephron and Joan Didion; more literary celebrations of Nelson Mandela; the best book coming out this week.
December 7, 2013 When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word — but sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story, or more to a background character. NPR's Lynn Neary explores the fine old literary tradition of writing new stories based on existing books.
December 6, 2013 Also: Ursula K. Le Guin on being called a "sci-fi writer"; new poems from John Ashbery; Richard Brody on Eichmann in Jerusalem.
December 5, 2013 Also: Queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz has died; Norway is digitizing books written in Norwegian; Gary Shteyngart spices up 19th century British literature.