Judge Michael Zusman's bialys are topped with roasted onions, poppy seeds and coarse salt. Daniel Zwerdling/NPR hide caption

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A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels

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Paul Bransom's illustration from a 1913 edition of The Wind in the Willows shows Otter traveling through the snowy woods. Public Domain hide caption

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As Winter Rolls In, One Critic Recalls 'The Wind In The Willows'

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In 1939, Montgomery Ward in Chicago asked one of its admen to write a story for the department store's own children's book. Rauner Special Collections Library/Dartmouth College hide caption

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Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

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Chang-rae Lee won the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel for 1995's Native Speaker. His most recent book was 2010's The Surrendered. Annika Lee hide caption

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Exclusive First Read: Chang-rae Lee's 'On Such A Full Sea'

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The Brighter Side Of Darkness: For Some, The Night Inspires

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Then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte walks the hallways of the Threat Operations Center inside the National Security Agency in 2006. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This British Spy Thriller Shows How Thrill-Less Spying Can Be

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According to Paul Collins, St. Nicholas Magazine boasted a list of kid contributors that today "reads like a Pulitzer Prize roll call." Courtesy of Paul Collins hide caption

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Today, Magazine's Kid Bylines Read Like 'Pulitzer Prize Roll Call'

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Princess Vinnea, guardian of plant life (left), and Princess Terra, protector of the land, examine one of many "gulavores" plaguing the land of Hortensis in the children's book Princess Vinnea and the Gulavores. Courtesy Setsu Shigematsu hide caption

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New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood

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Satan's Naked Women, Gatsby's Cocktails, And Other Literary Fetes

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An Indian gay rights activist looks down during an anti-Section 377 protest in New Delhi on December 11, 2013. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Dec. 8, three days after Nelson Mandela's death, a girl in Johannesburg lights a candle in his memory. Poet Mbali Vilakazi has written an elegy for Mandela that asks the next generation of South Africans to continue his legacy. Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

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If You Drank Like James Bond, You'd Be Shaken, Too

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Precious snack: In Tolkien's books, lembas was a special bread made by elves that could stay fresh for months — perfect for sustaining travelers on a long journey (or engaging in an all-day movie marathon.) Try it for elevenses. Beth Accomando for NPR hide caption

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Delia Ephron is a novelist and playwright. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, O, Vogue and the Huffington Post. Her older sister, writer Nora Ephron, died in June 2012. Elena Seibert/Penguin Group hide caption

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Delia Ephron On The Closeness And Complexity Of Sisterhood

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