Books

7:33am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Help Writer Dennis Lehane Find His Dog And You'll Be In His Next Book

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 4:58 am

Tessa is missing in Brookline, Mass.
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(Note at 7 a.m. ET, Dec. 28: Lehane's Facebook page continues to post updates — and as of now, Tessa remains missing.)

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Mystery writer Dennis Lehane is asking for help in solving a case that's very important to him:

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9:41am

Tue December 25, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

Recipe Rebellion: A Year Of Contrarian Cookbooks

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 2:20 pm

Nishant Choksi

"Just throw the whole lemon in the food processor for lemon bars."
"Don't just soak your dried beans — brine them!"
"You don't need a whole day (or two) to make a good sauce."

Some of the things this year's cookbooks said to me as I tested them were downright contrarian. But that's the brilliant thing about cooking in a global, crowdsourced, Web-fueled world: People no longer cook according to some received wisdom handed down by a guy in a white toque. They figure it out as they go along, and if they stumble on a shortcut, it's blogged and shared in no time flat.

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8:19am

Tue December 25, 2012
Arts & Life

No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 2:20 pm

E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know.
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This is the time of year when one man's work is widely — if indirectly — celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. We're speaking about E.T.A. Hoffmann, original author of The Nutcracker.

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9:31am

Mon December 24, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 2:20 pm

Nishant Choksi

In 2012, several high-profile comics creators added landmark works to their already impressive legacies. With Building Stories, Chris Ware offered 14 volumes of comics, each with its own meticulous, anagrammatic take on despair, and stuffed them into a box.

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1:58pm

Wed December 19, 2012
NPR's Backseat Book Club

In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 3:43 pm

If there was a recipe for the best-selling writer Rick Riordan, it would go something like this — start with a love of storytelling, fold in more than a decade of teaching middle school English, combine that with two sons of his own who don't quite share their dad's love of literature, and marinate all of that with a deep passion for mythology.

Riordan has sold tens of millions of kids' books. He hit pay dirt with the Percy Jackson series — it's about an everyday kid who has superhero powers because he's the secret son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.

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