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Leonard Maltin’s 2014 Movie Guide: The Modern Era
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Marketplace: Things Have Changed Since Leonard Maltin Started Reviewing
Airtalk: Leonard Maltin Talks Cinema and His Final ‘Movie Guide’
Summer blockbusters and independent sleepers; masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Martin Scorsese; the timeless comedy of the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton; animated classics from Walt Disney and Pixar; the finest foreign films ever made. This 2014 edition covers the modern era, from 1965 to the present, while including all the great older films you can’t afford to miss—and those you can—from box-office smashes to cult classics to forgotten gems to forgettable bombs, listed alphabetically, and complete with all the essential information you could ask for.

Leonard Maltin’s 2014 Movie Guide: The Modern Era

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Marketplace: Things Have Changed Since Leonard Maltin Started Reviewing

Airtalk: Leonard Maltin Talks Cinema and His Final ‘Movie Guide’

Summer blockbusters and independent sleepers; masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Martin Scorsese; the timeless comedy of the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton; animated classics from Walt Disney and Pixar; the finest foreign films ever made. This 2014 edition covers the modern era, from 1965 to the present, while including all the great older films you can’t afford to miss—and those you can—from box-office smashes to cult classics to forgotten gems to forgettable bombs, listed alphabetically, and complete with all the essential information you could ask for.

World Order by Henry Kissinger
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The Takeaway: Kissinger Talks ISIS
Weekend Edition: Henry Kissinger’s Thoughts on the Islamic States
Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

World Order by Henry Kissinger

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The Takeaway: Kissinger Talks ISIS

Weekend Edition: Henry Kissinger’s Thoughts on the Islamic States

Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor - SIGNED
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MPR News Presents: Garrison Keillor on Writing, Life & the 40th Anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion: Chickens
A Prairie Home Companion: Read the Introduction
WAMC: The Book Show - The Keillor Reader
Michigan Public Radio: Garrison Keillor
CBS This Morning: 40 Years of A Prairie Home Companion
Michigan Public Radio: Garrison Keillor on APHC’s 40th Anniversary
Iowa Public Radio: Garrison Keillor
Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done—a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet. Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”

The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor - SIGNED

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MPR News Presents: Garrison Keillor on Writing, Life & the 40th Anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion: Chickens

A Prairie Home Companion: Read the Introduction

WAMC: The Book Show - The Keillor Reader

Michigan Public Radio: Garrison Keillor

CBS This Morning: 40 Years of A Prairie Home Companion

Michigan Public Radio: Garrison Keillor on APHC’s 40th Anniversary

Iowa Public Radio: Garrison Keillor

Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon
 
When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done—a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet. Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”

How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
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Wisconsin Public Radio: How Not To Be Wrong
Weekend Edition: Tracking the World’s Most Famous Unread Books
How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg

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All Things Considered: ‘How Not to be Wrong’ in Math Class?  Add a dose of Skepticism

Wisconsin Public Radio: How Not To Be Wrong

Weekend Edition: Tracking the World’s Most Famous Unread Books

How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

Lazaretto by Jack White
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Sound Opinions: Lazaretto review
NPR Music: Jack White, Live In Concert
All Things Considered: From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised in Captivity
The Current: Album Review: Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’
All Songs Considered: Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’: The All Songs Interview
All Songs Considered: 'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises
The Current: Jack White unveils “High Ball Stepper”, sets release date for ‘Lazaretto’
Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, on Third Man Records/Columbia. Lazaretto inhabits an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” to be released later this month.

Lazaretto by Jack White

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Sound Opinions: Lazaretto review

NPR Music: Jack White, Live In Concert

All Things Considered: From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised in Captivity

The Current: Album Review: Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’

All Songs Considered: Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’: The All Songs Interview

All Songs Considered: 'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises

The Current: Jack White unveils “High Ball Stepper”, sets release date for ‘Lazaretto’

Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, on Third Man Records/Columbia. Lazaretto inhabits an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” to be released later this month.

How to Win Friends & Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success by Dale Carnegie
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This American Life: How To Win Friends
For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:
* Three fundamental techniques in handling people
* The six ways to make people like you
* The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
* The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

How to Win Friends & Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success by Dale Carnegie

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This American Life: How To Win Friends

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:

* Three fundamental techniques in handling people

* The six ways to make people like you

* The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking

* The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

The Director: A Novel by David Ignatius
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On Point: Building A Middle East Coalition To Tackle ISIS
NPR: 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue
Morning Edition: ‘The Director’ Offers a Glimpse into the Digital Underground
The Diane Rehm Show: David Ignatius’ ‘Director’
In David Ignatius’s gripping new novel, spies don’t bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.
Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

The Director: A Novel by David Ignatius

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On Point: Building A Middle East Coalition To Tackle ISIS

NPR: 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue

Morning Edition: ‘The Director’ Offers a Glimpse into the Digital Underground

The Diane Rehm Show: David Ignatius’ ‘Director’

In David Ignatius’s gripping new novel, spies don’t bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.

Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
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on Point: Diane Keaton Muses on Beauty
All Things Considered: Aging Film Star Reflects on Aging
From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.


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Then Again by Diane Keaton - Diane Keaton reflects on her life, carreer and her relationship with her mother.

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton

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on Point: Diane Keaton Muses on Beauty

All Things Considered: Aging Film Star Reflects on Aging

From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.

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Then Again by Diane Keaton - Diane Keaton reflects on her life, carreer and her relationship with her mother.

The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by Larry McMurtry
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All Things Considered: McMurty Takes Aim at a Legend In ‘Last Kind Words Saloon’
All Things Considered: McMurtry Loves the West but Kicks the Cowboy Off His High Horse
The triumphant return of Larry McMurtry with this ballad in prose: his heartfelt tribute to a bygone era of the American West.
Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by Larry McMurtry

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All Things Considered: McMurty Takes Aim at a Legend In ‘Last Kind Words Saloon’

All Things Considered: McMurtry Loves the West but Kicks the Cowboy Off His High Horse

The triumphant return of Larry McMurtry with this ballad in prose: his heartfelt tribute to a bygone era of the American West.

Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

The Snow Queen: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
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All Things Considered: In Cunningham’s latest, Powerful Language Makes up for Weak Plot
NPR: Michael Cunningham Re-Imagines ‘Snow Queen’
The Diane Rehm Show: Michael Cunningham “The Snow Queen’
Michael Cunningham’s newest novel is named after a fairytale, but the book “The Snow Queen,” is full of death, drugs and aging. 

The Snow Queen: A Novel by Michael Cunningham

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All Things Considered: In Cunningham’s latest, Powerful Language Makes up for Weak Plot

NPR: Michael Cunningham Re-Imagines ‘Snow Queen’

The Diane Rehm Show: Michael Cunningham “The Snow Queen’

Michael Cunningham’s newest novel is named after a fairytale, but the book “The Snow Queen,” is full of death, drugs and aging. 

The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel by Norman Lock
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NPR: Huck and Jim Ride the River of Time in ‘Boy in his Winter’
Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
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A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”

Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

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All Things Considered: A Marine’s Death, And the Family He Left Behind

A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution by John Paul Stevens
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Weekend Edition:  Six Little Ways to Change the Constitution
Just a few words can hold a world of meeting. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a new short book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes. His book is “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.”

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution by John Paul Stevens

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Weekend Edition:  Six Little Ways to Change the Constitution

Just a few words can hold a world of meeting. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a new short book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes. His book is “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.”

The Address: A Film by Ken Burns
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At the tiny Greenwood School in the small New England town of Putney, Vermont, its roughly 50 students, boys from the ages of 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging.
Embedding camera crews at the school for three months to chronicle the boys’ struggle to learn Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring documentary that shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself called “a new birth of freedom.”
Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln’s words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.

The Address: A Film by Ken Burns

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At the tiny Greenwood School in the small New England town of Putney, Vermont, its roughly 50 students, boys from the ages of 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging.

Embedding camera crews at the school for three months to chronicle the boys’ struggle to learn Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring documentary that shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself called “a new birth of freedom.”

Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln’s words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
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All Things Considered: A Life’s Promise, Tragically Broken
Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

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All Things Considered: A Life’s Promise, Tragically Broken

Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

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