Dixon has gathered her Nativity collection from many sources around the world. She says this set is made of banana fronds and was given to her by a friend who was a missionary in Nigeria. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Nativity Collector Dreams Of Mangers And Museums

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10 Books To Help You Recover From A Tense 2012

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Great Reads In Store: Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best

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Britain's Alt-J was this year's Mercury Prize winner, for the band's debut album An Awesome Wave. The group is also Bob Boilen's pick for Album Of The Year. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Rededication'

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The Year's Best Science Fiction Crosses Galaxies And Genres

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A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best

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Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Albums We Missed This Year

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Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader

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