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"Critics are by no means the end of the law. Do not think all is over with you because you articles are rejected. It may be that the editor has his drawer full, or that he does not know enough to appreciate you, or you have not gained a reputation, or he is not in a mood to be pleased. A critic's judgment is like that of any intelligent person. If he has experience, he is capable of judging whether a book will sell. That is all."

—Lavina Goodell Junior editor, Harper's Bazaar

 

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Gifts For Twees Should Include Handcrafted Or Vintage Items 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:05:00 -0500 
    Writer Mark Spitz, author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film, tells David Greene it's all about adults embracing their childhood.


Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 
    Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces In The Crowd.


How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:16:00 -0500 
    Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.


Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.


A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.


Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:03:15 -0500 
    Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.


Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:16:00 -0500 
    For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.


'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500 
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:07:00 -0500 
    The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.


Playlist: Writers On Writing 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:38:09 -0500 
    In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.
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