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Featured October 27, 2014
on Today

Gadget Nation Steve Greenberg

Gadget Nation
by Steve Greenberg

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A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention

Have you ever heard of bird diapers? Interested in a talking toilet paper dispenser? What about a motorized ice cream cone? A handle for carrying your turkey around the kitchen? Looking for a Kosher Lamp? These aren't gag gadgets from some lame late night talk show skit. They are actual, real products that you can buy today. Maybe you already have? Americans love their gadgets--and Gadget Nation takes you behind the scenes and Read More »

Featured October 27, 2014
on Good Morning America

Eat It to Beat It! David Zinczenko

Eat It to Beat It!
by David Zinczenko

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Banish Belly Fat-and Take Back Your Health-While Eating the Brand-Name Foods You Love!

Eat the World’s Most Delicious Foods—and Start Dropping Pounds Today!
Discover thousands of shocking food truths to help flatten your belly fast—and get you on the path to better health!
ABC News nutrition and wellness editor Dave Zinczenko, author of the multimillion-copy bestselling Eat This, Not That! series, blows the lid off the bizarre, unnecessary, and shocking ingredients in Read More »

Featured October 27, 2014
on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Forgetting to Be Afraid Wendy Davis

Forgetting to Be Afraid
by Wendy Davis

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A Memoir

Wendy Davis has had her share of tough fights. Raised by a single mother with a ninth-grade education, Davis began working after school at age fourteen to contribute to the family finances. By the time she was nineteen, she was living in a trailer park with a baby daughter and holding down two jobs. But rather than succumb to the cycle of poverty that threatened to overwhelm her, Davis managed to attend community college Read More »

Featured October 26, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

The Penguin Book Of Witches Katherine Howe

The Penguin Book Of Witches
by Katherine Howe

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Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind Read More »

Featured October 25, 2014
on All Things Considered

Jim Jim Woodring

by Jim Woodring

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Collects Jim Woodring’s non-Frank comics work; stars “Jim.” Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring’s best-selling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring’s cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring’s alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Read More »

Featured October 25, 2014
on Weekend Edition Saturday

Nuruddin Farah

Hiding In Plain Sight
by Nuruddin Farah

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From an acclaimed African writer, a novel about family, freedom, and loyalty.
When Bella learns of the murder of her beloved half brother by political extremists in Mogadiscio, she’s in Rome. The two had different fathers but shared a Somali mother, from whom Bella’s inherited her freewheeling ways. An internationally known fashion photographer, dazzling but aloof, she comes and goes as she pleases, juggling three lovers. But with Read More »

Featured October 24, 2014
on All Things Considered

What It Takes Richard Ben Cramer

What It Takes
by Richard Ben Cramer

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The Way to the White House

An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Read More »

Featured October 24, 2014
on All Things Considered

The Woman I Wanted To Be B00DPM7ZZ8
by Diane Von Furstenberg

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\\\"One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be. Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be--in her words, \\\'the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn\\\'t rely on a man to pay her Read More »

Featured October 23, 2014
on Today

Marcel the Shell

Marcel the Shell
by Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer-Camp

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The Most Surprised I've Ever Been

One thing about a new day--you really never know where it will go, even if you know where it starts. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is walking on the blanket when he is unexpectedly launched high into the air. Tumbling through space, the bird's-eye view offers our small friend not only a glimpse of the important things in life--his beloved Nana who sleeps in a fancy French bread, a stinky Read More »

Featured October 23, 2014
on All Things Considered

Man Made Meals Steven Raichlen

Man Made Meals
by Steven Raichlen

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The Essential Cookbook for Guys

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue! Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print—and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen. Man Made Read More »

Featured October 22, 2014
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

Gray Mountain John Grisham

Gray Mountain
by John Grisham

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John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there Read More »

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