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Featured September 28, 2014
on All Things Considered

The Prince Of Los Cocuyos Richard Blanco

The Prince Of Los Cocuyos
by Richard Blanco

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A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on Read More »



Featured September 28, 2014
on CBS Sunday Morning

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

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Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic Read More »



Featured September 28, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

How We Got to Now Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now
by Steven Johnson

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Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories Read More »



Featured September 28, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

The Paying Guests Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters

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From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband Read More »



Featured September 27, 2014
on CBS This Morning

The Language of Food

The Language of Food
by Dan Jurafsky

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A Linguist Reads the Menu

Stanford University linguist and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky dives into the hidden history of food. Why do we eat toast for breakfast, and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving have to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Can you figure out how much your dinner will cost by counting the words on the menu? In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Read More »



Featured September 27, 2014
on All Things Considered

Consumed David Cronenberg

Consumed
by David Cronenberg

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The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy. Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors—nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the Read More »



Featured September 27, 2014
on Weekend Edition Saturday

Mr. Bones Paul Theroux

Mr. Bones
by Paul Theroux

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Twenty Stories

A dark and bitingly humorous collection of short stories from the “brilliantly evocative” (Time) Paul Theroux

 
A family watches in horror as their patriarch transforms into the singing, wise-cracking lead of an old-timey minstrel show. A renowned art collector relishes publicly destroying his most valuable pieces. Two boys stand by helplessly as their father stages an all-consuming war on the raccoons living Read More »



Featured September 26, 2014
on All Things Considered

Boy On Ice John Branch

Boy On Ice
by John Branch

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The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

The much-anticipated debut from the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter, Boy on Ice is a moving human story and behind-the-scenes account of a life lived in the glare of sporting fame. The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a Read More »



Featured September 25, 2014
on Today

Unichef

Unichef
by Hilary Gumbel, Kate Meyers, Scott Mowbray

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Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World's Children

The recipes in Unichef have been culled from the world's finest international chefs, representing cuisines from around the globe. Assembled by Hilary Gumbel, each recipe is accompanied by the chef's personal story, a narrative about his or her relationship to food, their memories, cultural associations, and the moments that have shaped their passion for creative cooking. The goal of Unichef is to expose children and adults to the diverse foods, tastes, and culinary Read More »



Featured September 25, 2014
on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

How We Got to Now Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now
by Steven Johnson

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Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories Read More »



Featured September 25, 2014
on Colbert Report

The Marshmallow Test Walter Mischel

The Marshmallow Test
by Walter Mischel

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Mastering Self-Control

Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it. A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life? The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is Read More »



Featured September 25, 2014
on PBS News Hour

Billionaires Darrell M. West

Billionaires
by Darrell M. West

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Billionaires

Meet the Billionaires: the 1,645 men and women who control a massive share of global assets worth $6.5 trillion. Darrell West reveals what the other 99.99998% of us need to know. With rich anecdotes and personal narratives, West goes inside the world of the ultra wealthy. Meet U.S. billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg, David and Charles Koch, George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Donald Trump—as well as international billionaires Read More »




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