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The Perfect Family Book List 
  Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:25:00 -0500 
    For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.


Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates 
  Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:43:00 -0500 
    North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.


In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act 
  Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:58:00 -0500 
    For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has used sets and costumes designed by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. This year, the ballet is retiring the production.


Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed 
  Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:37:00 -0500 
    A new study finds that people who read print books at bedtime fall asleep easier — and sleep better — than those who use an e-reader. Also: JRR Tolkien may have survived war due to a timely illness.


Book News: George R.R. Martin Rails Against Sony's 'Corporate Cowardice' 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:58:00 -0500 
    The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.


Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping' 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:05:00 -0500 
    Cutesy, homespun goods that combine old-fashioned and modern aesthetics are proliferating. But don't be mistaken: There's a powerful economic force behind it all, says author Marc Spitz.


Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 
    Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.


How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:16:00 -0500 
    Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.


Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.


A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.


Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:03:15 -0500 
    Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.


Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:16:00 -0500 
    For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.


'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500 
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.

LDL Staff Picks

Elvis and the Dearly Departed
3 of 5 stars true
If you are or ever were an Elvis fan you will appreciate these books by Peggy Webb. Elvis is a hound dog (of course) who thinks he is the real Elvis. ~LDL Staff
Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fast-Food-Fueled Car, and a Cross-Country Trip in Search of a Greener Future
3 of 5 stars true
Two friends set across the United States in their previously diesel-fueled car that was converted to run on cooking oil in order to examine alternatives for cleaner energy. The friends learn that Al Gore lives in an energy-hogging mansio...
Winter Garden
3 of 5 stars true
This book is beautifully written and I learned a great deal about what happened in Russia during the reign of Stalin. My favorite book, of late. ~LDL Staff
Poison Study
4 of 5 stars true
Fast-paced, this book is hard to put down. ~LDL Staff

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