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Shelf Discovery

The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites

by Libby H. O'Connell

A well-researched and entertaining history of the United States through its food, related in easily-savored "bites" and illustrations.

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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age

by Cory Doctorow

A surprisingly engrossing account of copyright law, the Internet and how the two interact.

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"Literchoor Is My Beat": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions

by Ian S. MacNiven

An insightful and thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the greatest American publishers of the 20th century.

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The Murder of Harriet Krohn

by Karin Fossum

A Norwegian man must try to live with himself after committing murder in another Inspector Sejer mystery from the author of Broken.

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Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

by Frances Larson

An enjoyable, accessibly written cultural anthropology of severed heads.

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Forty Days Without Shadow

by Olivier Truc

Two detectives in the frigid north of Norway investigating the brutal murder of a Sami reindeer herder.

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The Grimjinx Rebellion: Book Three of the Vengekeep Prophecies

by Brian Farrey

The breakneck conclusion to the Vengekeep Prophecies will thrill fans of the series.

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Missing Reels

by Farran Smith Nehme

A leap back in time to 1980s Manhattan, where silent film and vintage clothing intertwine in a radical tale of romance and mystery.

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A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III

by Janice Hadlow

Royal scandal, 18th-century style, and how it shaped the modern British monarchy.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On Fresh Air: Robert Beachy, author of Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (Knopf, $27.95, 9780307272102).

On the Colbert Report: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment (Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Fresh Air: John Cleese, author of So, Anyway… (Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385348249).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385353496).

On Fresh Air: Scott Saul, author of Becoming Richard Pryor (Harper, $27.99, 9780062123305).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

On Fresh Air: National Book Award–winner Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers, $16.99, 9780399252518).

On the Daily Show: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On the Diane Rehm Show: Jim Hindman, author of Was Blind, But Now I See (Hindman Foundation, $29.95, 9780692267417).

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