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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

NPR Books - 5 hours 13 min ago

Wainwright details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2017.

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Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

NPR Books - 7 hours 37 min ago

Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will toss almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone. Massimo Bottura helps us fight food waste by showing us how to turn leftovers into a world-class new meal.

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When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 4:56pm

The Larkspur Press in Kentucky is two years behind schedule, with no plans to catch up. Printer Gray Zeitz sets each letter of the book by hand and then prints on a press from the early 1900s.

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J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Translated To Scots, Marking 80th Language

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 1:38pm

Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone has been translated to 79 languages. Today, it was published in its 80th translation — Scots.

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 10:34am

As a kid, Fallon smiled even when he was in trouble: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much.' " Originally broadcast Oct. 12, 2017.

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As The Holiday Season Gets Started, A Look Back At Aprons And Their Stories

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 9:14am

For EllynAnne Geisel, aprons are a way to connect to past generations, often women, who once wore them. For years she has collected different designs and shared the joy they bring her with others.

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'The End We Start From' Chronicles Motherhood In The Midst Of Crisis

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 1:44pm

Megan Hunter's new book follows a woman and her newborn who flee an epic flood. "What would it be like if there was an environmental crisis ... in London," she asks, "and where would people go?"

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'Creatures Of Will And Temper' Is A Slow-Burn Slide Into Deviltry

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 4:00am

Molly Tanzer gives us a seductive, alternate version of Victorian England in her new novel — by turns smoky and smutty, wondrous and louche. And then, embedded carefully in that world, demons.

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From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 3:01am

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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