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Egg & Spoon

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              Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire When she changes places with privileged Cat, Elena Rudina, a Russian peasant girl, finds herself caught up in an escapade involving an imprisoned monk, a prince traveling incognito, and the legendary witch Baba Yaga.   Read More »

Deep Down Dark

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    The initial selection of the NPR Morning Edition Book Club, selected by author/bookseller Ann Patchett. The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Tobar  spins a gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion, of the 2010 story that made international headlines for weeks… An electrifying, empathetic work of ... Read More »

Worthy Fights : a memoir of leadership in war and peace / Leon Panetta with Jim Newton.

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Worthy Fights : a memoir of leadership in war and peace / Leon Panetta with Jim Newton. The Washington Post:“Worthy Fights is Panetta’s addition to the Cabinet bookshelf, and it’s very readable, with the frank descriptions of personalities and events that distinguish this genre at its best.” Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009–2011, and as secretary of defense ... Read More »

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

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        Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed ... Read More »

Best Book Lists

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Forget naughty or nice, it is that time of year for lists of the best books of the year!  These are great sources for your own reading pleasure, for gift giving, for your upcoming book discussion selections, and so forth.  So dig in!  The NPR Book Concierge app lets you pick and choose your way through 2014’s great reads.  The ... Read More »

Capitol Park by Jack Dempsey

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                Capitol Park: Historic Heart of Detroit by Jack Dempsey. Capitol Park is the only city park in America where a state’s first governor is buried. It’s the birthplace of democracy in Michigan, an Underground Railroad site, a streetcar and transit hub. Once a symbol of the city’s late twentieth-century decay, it is ... Read More »