The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: A double-header for Valentine's Day with novels and poetry. An oral history of Angels in America. Judy Blume at 80, and a new memoir of life and loss on an Indian reservation in Canada.
The view down Main Street in Concord, N.H., reflects the community's small-town feel. Author Ben Winters doesn't live in Concord, but he sets his mystery novels there — he says the city's peaceful, unpretentious atmosphere makes it an appealing setting.
Poor Donna Reed: Her Mary would have ended up working in a library — shudder — if not for the matrimonial intervention of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey. Happily, 1946's It's a Wonderful Life isn't the only lens through which pop culture assesses the worth of the institution and those who make it tick.
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