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A New Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder Looks at the Facts Behind a Beloved Series

"One of the extraordinary stories of Wilder’s life is her relationship with her daughter and the ways in which it helps create these classic books. There really isn’t any other relationship like it in literary history that I am aware of."

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Talking to Anne Fadiman About Her Memoir, "The Wine Lover's Daughter."

"Books and wine were interconnected in his mind. Both represented the patrician life that he always imagined lay on the other side of the river."

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A Different Way of Looking at History

"All the skills you might want your child to learn can be taught through what they’re interested in. Curiosity should be at the heart of how we reform our education in the future," says Christopher Lloyd, whose "Wallbooks" might change how you view history.

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Uncovering the Story of the Washingtons' Runaway Slave

In the run-up to the National Book Awards next month, we spoke to finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar, who spent nine years researching the life of Ona Judge, the fugitive slave whose "life story forces readers to examine George and Martha Washington in different and difficult ways."

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Celebrating a Beloved Bunny

The blue-jacketed-bunny book was first published this month in 1902. Beatrix Potter's biographer tells us a little more about the great writer, illustrator and conservationist -- and which of Potter's stories was the most autobiographical.

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In Vino Veritas. But in What Glass? Marissa Ross Lends a Hand...

It's National Wine Day so time to break out a bottle and grab some friends--but what glasses should you use? And, really, what glasses do you need? Blogger and author Marissa A. Ross has the answers.

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Ken Burns' Top Five Presidents

In 2014 Ken Burns did a highly acclaimed documentary on the Roosevelts and earlier this year he published his first children's book, about all 44 United States presidents. So who does he think were the standouts of the Oval Office?

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YA Wednesday: Markus Zusak's Top 10 Books List

It's kind of hard to believe but, The Book Thief is ten years old this month (celebrated, of course, with a special hardcover anniversary edition). Oddly enough, despite the youth of its author, this seems like a book that's been around longer--probably because it's considered by so many of us...

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"The Nine Lives of Authors . . . and Other Things I’ve Learned from Research" by Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner is starting off the new year with a bang. Tomorrow she will release the new Kindle Single 3 Truths and a Lie: A Detective D. D. Warren Story, and in early February comes her next novel Find Her. We asked the best-selling author about her research, and she...

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Amazon Asks: Patricia Cornwell, on Her New Novel, "Flesh and Blood"

Flesh and Blood is Patricia Cornwell's twenty-second novel featuring forensic sleuth Dr. Kay Scarpetta. This time Scarpetta pursues a sharp-shooting serial sniper, and her investigation leads too close to a family member--her own flesh and blood. Flesh and Blood is an Amazon Best Mystery-Thriller of the Month. Describe your new...

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