December 23, 2010 Whatever happened to good manners, cocktail hour or knowing how to darn a sock? Sally Singer, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, selects three new books that celebrate nostalgia and looking back to more exquisite, more refined times.
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This King James Bible was a gift to Sydney Barnes, a Cornish migrant to South Australia, from his brother Arthur, upon Barnes' marriage to Elizabeth Thornton.
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December 22, 2010 In Begat, David Crystal sets out to prove that the King James Bible has contributed more to the English language than any other literary source. If you've ever "fought the good fight" or chuckled at "what comes out of the mouths of babes," you just might agree with him.
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December 22, 2010 As the year winds down, so do new paperback releases, but don't overlook these three gems. Historical novelists Alison Weir and Melanie Benjamin explore the stories of two enigmatic women, while fiction writer Chitra Divakaruni weaves nine lives together as an earthquake hits with full force.
December 21, 2010 The 10-pound tome comes with a built-in audio player featuring crisp recordings of hundreds of bird songs. The 500-plus-page volume, produced with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is billed as "The Complete, Illustrated Reference for North American Birds."
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December 21, 2010 This year, not all of the best books made it onto best-seller lists. NPR's Rachel Syme picks her favorite under-the-radar reads that are worth a second look.
December 20, 2010 Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
Barbara Newhall Follett was 13 when Knopf published her first book, The House Without Windows, which she had been working on since she was 8.
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December 18, 2010 In 1927, at the age of 13, Barbara Newhall Follett published her first novel to great critical acclaim. She was a famous child genius and destined to become the next great American writer -- until, one day, she just disappeared. Literary detective Paul Collins tells her heartbreaking story.
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December 17, 2010 The latest issue of the prestigious literary journal Granta focuses on the best young writers emerging from the Spanish-speaking world. Editors John Freeman and Valerie Miles discuss their favorite new talents.
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December 17, 2010 A new kind of world is taking over — and these writers are a step ahead. Writer Pankaj Mishra picks fiction that provides steady footing in a world that's constantly being reshaped by capitalism and technology.
December 17, 2010 A tipping expert tells Morning Edition that the service workers you see regularly are indeed counting on that holiday tip, so don't forget to keep them in mind.
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December 16, 2010 Two things are shared in common by the five thrilling books that make up Granta editor John Freeman's list of the best debuts of 2010: A chaos that reflects dark times and an urgency to tell these mysterious stories — from East Africa, South America, Kashmir, New Jersey — with clarity and beauty.
December 15, 2010 Don DeLillo and Bernhard Schlink grapple with morally compromised characters, while Malcolm Gladwell turns in a quirky yet revealing collection of essays and Scott Adams puts a fine point on the humiliations of cubicle life.
December 13, 2010 We all know what it's like to escape into a great work of fiction — but it's quite another leap of pleasure to get lost in a truly exotic, alternate-reality world of an author's unique creation. Critic Glen Weldon trips out on the haunted, vivid landscapes of 2010's best speculative fiction.
December 10, 2010 Celebrated debut author Danielle Evans selects her favorite "outsider fiction" of 2010, choosing the best books that grappled with themes of identity, society and belonging.
December 10, 2010 It's that time of year again! Susan Stamberg chats with three independent booksellers about their favorite reads of the year, from an atlas of remote islands to a children's book about feminist heroes.
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