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Holiday books roundup: Critics' choice

November 24, 2012 - 3:34 PM

Our top ten book critics each offer a suggestion for one remarkable book.

"William Craig's debut book, Yankee Come Home: On the Road From San Juan Hill to Guantanamo (Walker), is a delicious bouillabaisse that blends history, memoir, travelogue and political broadside. Craig is a vocal anti-imperialist, a powerful critic of the 2003 U.S. invasion, and subsequent occupation of Iraq, which he regards as only the latest in a string of hubristic U.S. imperial misadventures that he traces back to 1898 in Cuba (the Spanish-American War)."


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 A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best

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November 29, 2012


Christmas at Eagle Pond

by Donald Hall and Mary Azarian

Hardcover, 78 pages

"At the top of the stack on my book table rests a slender volume, a 70-page novella, Christmas at Eagle...

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A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate

by NPR STAFF, November 18, 2012 8:00 AM


Americans own an estimated 300 million guns. It's a level of gun ownership that no other country in the world comes close to matching. It's also a source of controversy in the U.S., where groups on both sides of the issue seem to have dug deep into the debate.

Now, a new book tries to break the stalemate. InLiving With Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment, Craig Whitney explores areas where the two opposing sides might find common ground, and even compromise. Whitney, a former New York Times editorjoins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss the complexities of the debate and possible solutions.

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 In his first acquisition as a senior editor at Da Capo, Dan Ambrosio, who joined the company a few weeks ago, bought world rights to Alfie Kohn’s Fear of Spoiling from agent Wendy Strothman at the Strothman Agency. The book, scheduled for 2014, is subtitled Coddled Kids, Helicopter Parents, and Other Urban Myths; the publisher said that the author “dispels the widespread belief that overparenting and overindulgence has produced a generation of children who think too highly of themselves even as they’re incapable of making their way in the world.” The book, Da Capo added, also re-examines the parenting and education choices that have shaped this impression.

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Former NYT Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse and Columbia Law Professor Michael Graetz's UNEQUAL PROTECTIONS: The Last Legacy of Warren Burger's Court, to Bob Bender at Simon & Schuster, in a good deal, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).
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 Harvard faculty associate at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Jonathan Hansen's YOUNG CASTRO, based on Spanish language sources and interviews with Castro associates, and which promises to change the way readers think of Cuba's long-time leader and thorn in the side of US presidents, to Thomas LeBien at Simon & Schuster, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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 NYU history professor and author of The Sea Captain's Wife, Martha Hodes's MOURNING LINCOLN, which reveals the variety of private responses to President Lincoln's assassination, to Steve Wasserman at Yale University Press, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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  REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS author Hélène Boudreau’s fourth book in the Real Mermaids series, REAL MERMAIDS DON’T SELL SEA SHELLS, where sun, surf and tropical breezes are no ‘day at the beach’ because being a teenage mermaid never takes a vacation, to Aubrey Poole at Jabberwocky, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Make No Law, by Anthony Lewis, was selected as one of the best 10 books of 2012 by the Southern Festival of Reading, in China. Mr. Lewis speaks to the Festival audience about his book in this video, to be broadcast at the award ceremony. 

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 ‘Yankee Come Home ’ by William Craig

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