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Read: Charles M. Schulz's The Complete Peanuts Box Set … Rob Lowe's Love Life … Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein's Mad World … Hedrick Smith's Who Stole the American Dream? … Mimi Pond's Over Easy Listen: Afghan Whigs … Jake Shimabukuro … Death ... Dconstructed ... Watch: The Story of the Jews American Masters: Billie Jean King The Address: A Film by Ken Burns travel and more.

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NPR's My Guilty Pleasure:
Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

The Complete Peanuts 1950 – 1954 Box Set
By Charles M. Schulz

Good grief! The Complete Peanuts is the most ambitious and most important project in the comics and cartooning genre ever: over a period of 12 years, Fantagraphics Books will release every daily and Sunday strip of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, the best-known and best-loved series in the world. Collecting the first and second volumes of The Complete Peanuts (1950 – 1952 and 1953 – 1954) in one handsome collector's slipcase designed by the cartoonist Seth, this is the perfect gift book item.


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Rob Lowe on How to Love Life

Love Life
By Rob Lowe

When Rob Lowe’s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.


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Transmission’s Mad World New Wave Dance Hour

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
By Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein

Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song, but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time. Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars and quotes from famous contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins and INXS.


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The shrinking middle class, the shrinking American Dream

Who Stole the American Dream?
By Hedrick Smith

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.


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Over Easy Serves Up Savory Memories of a Vintage Diner

Over Easy
By Mimi Pond

Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming-of-age story. After being denied financial aid to cover her last year of art school, Margaret finds salvation from the straightlaced world of college and the earnestness of both hippies and punks in the wisecracking, fast-talking, drug-taking group she encounters at the Imperial Café, where she makes the transformation from Margaret to Madge. At first she mimics these new and exotic grown-up friends, trying on the guise of adulthood with some awkward but funny stumbles. Gradually she realizes that the adults she looks up to are a mess of contradictions, misplaced artistic ambitions, sexual confusion, dependencies and addictions.

Over Easy is equal parts time capsule of late 1970's life in California — with its deadheads, punks, disco rollers, casual sex and drug use — and bildungsroman of a young woman who grows from a naïve, sexually inexperienced art-school dropout into a self-aware, self-confident artist. Mimi Pond’s chatty, slyly observant anecdotes create a compelling portrait of a distinct moment in time. Over Easy is an immediate, limber and precise semi-memoir narrated with an eye for the humor in every situation.

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From The Current:
Barb Abney’s 20th Afghan-Whigs-iversary

Do to the Beast
By Afghan Whigs

Do to the Beast is the first new album by the Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage blend of hard rock, classic soul and frontman Greg Dulli's searing angst and obsessions. The new album is both a homecoming — it marks their return to Sub Pop — and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past 30 years.


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Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

Grand Ukulele
By Jake Shimabukuro

Produced by Alan Parsons (The Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon), ukulele phenom and YouTube sensation Jake Shimakuruo has released a new LP that fuses a multitude of genres that can be heard on album highlight, "Island Fever Blues," which merges classical and blues over a fast-paced flamenco beat. Elsewhere on the album, Jake tackles the playing style of the mandolin ("Gentlemandolin"), rockabilly ("More Ukulele") and surf rock ("Ukulele Five 0"), and even transforms his instrument to mimic the intricate melody of a music box ("Music Box"). Grand Ukulele also features covers of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Sting's "Fields of Gold" and the Judy Garland classic "Over the Rainbow."


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First Listen: Death, Death III

Death III
By Death

Archive collection from the proto-Punk band. Death III slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of Rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich-bottomed studio-grade sound. Alongside songs from 1975, 1976 and 1980, Death III contains two songs from 1992, as the Hackney brothers reconvened nearly a decade after they’d stopped playing together. Death III serves as a companion piece of sorts to the A Band Called Death documentary, tracking the band’s movement from spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers, in pure musical terms.


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Dconstructed

Dconstructed is a comprehensive compilation of classic and current music from the longstanding Disney catalog remixed by today’s hottest DJs/producers from across the globe. The 14-track high-end digipak features reworks of material from the multiple Academy Award-winning films The Lion King and Frozen, as well as two of Daft Punk’s contributions to TRON: Legacy.

EDM superstars Avicii, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade are among the electronic dance music luminaries who have lent their formidable skills to these timeless favorites. The reworked material ranges from more recent heartwarmers from Monsters University, The Incredibles and The Muppets to beloved and lasting sounds from the Hawaiiannette album (featuring Mickey Mouse Club darling, Annette Funicello), Toy Story, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, music inspired by the original Mickey Mouse cartoons, and the enduring theme from the Disneyland Park’s Main Street Electrical Parade.

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Listen to On Point:
Simon Schama on The Story of the Jews

The Story of the Jews

Simon Schama presents this epic series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. Both deeply historical and utterly contemporary, this is a compelling film about distinctiveness and difference, separation and isolation, tolerance and prejudice. It is also a celebration of the ways in which Jewish thought, imagination and achievement have transformed the world for us all.


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American Masters: Billie Jean King trailer

American Masters: Billie Jean King

American Masters: Billie Jean King looks back to the 12-year-old Long Beach, California, girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy inequality. During her professional tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, helped form the Virginia Slims Series (pre-cursor to WTA Tour), founded the Women's Sports Foundation and womenSports magazine, and co-founded World TeamTennis (WTT). Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her efforts on behalf of women and the LGBT community, and her commitment to prove there is strength in diversity.


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Ken Burns on his new film, The Address

The Address: A Film by Ken Burns

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.

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U.S. Traveler New Yorker 4 Piece Luggage Set

Functionality and innovation come together in this versatile luggage from the U.S. Traveler New Yorker collection. Constructed of lightweight and durable tear-resistant materials, the set has multiple, high-capacity pieces that allow for maximum organization.


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Canon Powershot 12.1 MP Digital Camera

Canon's PowerShot SX130 IS 12.1 MP Compact Digital Camera is the perfect companion for all your good times. Now you can capture every detail of special moments in crisp, stunning 720p HD even while using the high-powered 12x wide-angle optical zoom. You'll record in stereo sound, then play back your videos instantly on your computer. The SX130 IS is all about creativity, with fun new scene modes like Miniature Effect for Movies, and Fisheye Effect for artistically distorted stills. While you're having fun creating, the camera's Smart Flash Exposure and advanced Smart AUTO systems are ensuring that every image is the best it can be. Add the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 megapixels and Optical Image Stabilizer, and you've got the ideal camera for making the good times last.


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Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Best Hidden Travel Gems

The latest in the highly successful Journeys of a Lifetime series and the sequel to the original bestseller, Secret Journeys of a Lifetime, offers in-depth site descriptions; dozens of fun, themed top-ten lists; locator maps; illuminating sidebars and oversized, lavish full-color images that bring to life 500 novel destinations that have managed to fly under the radar.

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A Summertime Grilling Guide

With A Summertime Grilling Guide, we’re out to spark your imagination, as well as give you some basic tools to guarantee success every time you step up to the grill. Flip these pages for fast weeknight dishes, as well as party food, and along the way discover some new tastes and concepts. A Summertime Grilling Guide contains all the parts of The Splendid Table you have come to love, from the recipes and tips, to the guides, which will help you judge the grill that’s right for you, to the tricks to cooking over fire with confidence. We hope this grillers guide to good eating brings you a season of great times with family and friends.

It’s no surprise that the richness of salmon takes beautifully to the flavor of wood smoke. But what is a surprise is that you don’t need hours of smoking to bring out those great tastes. In this recipe, we speed up the smoking process by rubbing the fish with Spanish smoked paprika, and then slowly roasting the fish over wood chips. The salmon comes off the grill beautifully burnished and tinged with the scent of wood smoke. Try the fish with our bright green Somalian Bizbaz Sauce.

Cook to Cook: Salmon steaks are easiest to handle on the grill, but steaks or filets of any full-flavored fish can stand in here as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wood chips, soaked for at least an hour in water to cover
  • 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 salmon steaks (about 3 pounds), or the equivalent weight in filets
  • Somalian Bizbaz Sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare your grill for a two-zone fire. If using a gas grill, set one burner on high and one burner on low.
  2. Combine the smoked paprika, sea salt, and sugar in a small bowl and mix well. Rub both sides of the steaks with the seasoning mix and set aside.
  3. When the coals are medium-hot, oil the grate generously on the side with the lower heat, taking care as the fire will flare up. Toss half the wood chips on the hottest part of the fire and quickly place the salmon steaks on the oiled, lower-heat side. Cover with the lid, making sure that the vents are at least half open.
  4. Grill 3 to 4 minutes. Open the grill and toss the remaining wood chips on the fire (slipping them through the larger hole by the grill handles if your grill does not have a liftable, hinged grate). Carefully turn the steaks with a spatula, returning them to the coolest side of the grill, cover, and continue cooking another 3 to 4 minutes until the steaks are firm to the touch when pressed in the center. The salmon should still be red, not pink, in the center. Make a small slit with the tip of a knife to check. Do not overcook. Pull from the fire and let rest 5 to 10 minutes.

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