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At your service: A restaurant maître d' tells all in 'Your Table Is Ready'

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Chelsea Banning watched in disbelief as authors like Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood told her of their experiences with low turnout at book signing events. Chelsea Banning hide caption

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2022 Books We Love: Staff Picks

Books We Love is a yearly labor of love here at NPR. Every year, the Books We Love team solicits recommendations from NPR staff and book critics and culls through them, creating an interactive reading guide you can use to find the perfect book for you or someone you love. Today, we're talking staff picks.

2022 Books We Love: Staff Picks

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Before COVID, business in Beijing was booming. Dercon says one of the reasons state-led development in China has been so successful is because the country had a strong state to begin with. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Kids want to know: 'Will It Be Okay?' — this book answers that question

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Journalist Maria Ressa explains 'How to Stand Up to a Dictator'

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Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of the year: 10 disparate reads for a hectic 2022

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Ukrainian flags fly in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 19, marking the graves of soldiers killed in action following the Russian invasion earlier this year. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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A journalist's plea to the West: 'Pay attention to Ukraine and its fate'

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Singer Brandi Carlile talks ambition, avoidance and finally finding her place

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Mel Brooks says his only regret as a comedian is the jokes he didn't tell

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Mario, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, 1983. Carol Kovinick Hernandez/Fantagraphics hide caption

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'Love and Rockets' celebrates 40 years of edgy, Latinx, alternative comics

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J. Edgar Hoover is seen in his Washington, D.C., office in 1936. A new biography of the long-time FBI director looks at public support for his policies during most of his tenure. AP hide caption

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Biography traces public support for J. Edgar Hoover in most of his 48 years in power

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Former Vice President Mike Pence (right) speaks with Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep at the law library of the Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis on Monday. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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Mike Pence, pondering a presidential run, condemns Trump's rhetoric on Jan. 6

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A cell biologist shares the wonder of researching life's most fundamental form

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Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams and Raul Julia as Gomez Addams in Addams Family Values. Paramount Pictures/Cinematic Collection/Alamy Stock Photo hide caption

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