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Listen: A Tribute to Jackson Browne … Linda Ronstadt … Carlene Carter … Patton Oswalt ... Read: Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams … Biz Stone's Things a Little Bird Told Me … Matt Taibbi's The Divide … Scott Simkus's Outsider Baseball … Nelson George's The Hippest Trip in America … Patricia Carlin's How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity Watch: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Game of Thrones Star Wars: The Complete Blu-ray Saga and more.

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Album of the Month: Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne

Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is well known for his live performances and the quality of his recordings. That’s why he was inducted in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. The musicians who take on his catalogue have quite the challenge. The good news is that the roster includes some big names, such as Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa taking on the Mexican-tinged "Linda Paloma," Don Henley with the indie folk band Blind Pilot gently adapting the introspective classic "These Days," and Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley offering a reggae reinterpretation of "Everywhere I Go." These musicians competently deliver the goods, which is only to be expected. Springsteen, Henley and Raitt are experienced and knowledgeable performers who could probably make the oeuvre of Justin Bieber sound righteous.


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Linda Ronstadt

Duets
By Linda Ronstadt

Rhino brings together 14 of Linda Ronstadt's most memorable musical partnerships, along with a previously unreleased collaboration with Laurie Lewis, for a collection that was created with help from Ronstadt and her longtime manager, John Boylan. Includes duets with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra and more.


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Carlene Carter Carries the Heavy Burden of History Lightly

Carter Girl
By Carlene Carter

Carter Girl is the first album of new recordings this decade from Americana legend Carlene Carter. Produced by Don Was, Carter Girl is, in a very literal way, Carlene's personal homage to the Carter Family legacy that both underpins so much of America's music and is part of her own DNA. The album revisits both classic Carter Family repertoire as well as original songs that reflect Carlene's direct connection to her roots. Willie Nelson guests on "Troublesome Waters" and Kris Kristofferson joins Carlene on "Black Jack David" while the unmistakable voice of Vince Gill is heard harmonizing on "Lonesome Valley 2003." Musicians on the sessions included Jim Keltner, Rami Jaffee, Greg Leisz, Sam Bush, Mickey Raphael, Blake Mills as well as Don Was on bass. There are vocal contributions from generations past — Carlene's aunts Helen and Anita Carter as well as her mom, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash on the chorus of "I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow" — that make Carter Girl an evocative collection, bringing music history to life for contemporary listeners.


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Patton Oswalt

Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time
By Patton Oswalt

Performing for a packed house at Spreckels Theater in San Diego, comedian Patton Oswalt delivers a blistering stand-up set in his trademark blend of acerbic wit and unabashed silliness. His topics range from the future of our nation to daddy/daughter outings gone wrong to the scope of humor in Germany.

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NPR Book Review:
Empathy Exams Is a Virtuosic Manifesto of Human Pain

The Empathy Exams: Essays
By Leslie Jamison

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain — real and imagined, her own and others’ — Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory — from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration — in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.


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Biz Stone takes it one tweet at a time

Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind
By Biz Stone

Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it, through stories from his remarkable life and career.

From GQ's “Nerd of the Year” to one of Time's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positive and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter — the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating, pivotal and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today.


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In Book's Trial of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
By Matt Taibbi

The investigative journalist analyzes the emotionally galvanizing wealth gap in America and how it is transforming the meaning of rights, justice and basic citizenship.

Through astonishing — and enraging — accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy and implicates us all.


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In old days, baseball was a stranger sport

Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876–1950
By Scott Simkus

With new research and revelations that will surprise even the most ardent baseball history buffs, this engaging account tells the story of the mostly forgotten world of the mercenaries, scalawags and outcasts who made up the independent professional ball clubs. Combining meticulous research with modern analytics, the book provides a deeper understanding of how vast and eclectic the world of professional baseball was during the first half of the 20th century. It illuminates an alternate baseball universe where Babe Ruth, Rube Waddell and John McGraw crossed bats with the Cuban Stars, Tokyo Giants, Brooklyn Bushwicks, dozens of famous Negro league teams and novelty acts such as the House of David and Bloomer Girls. Written in a gritty prose style, this entertaining book shares the stories of these unsung players and uses a critical lens to separate fact from fiction.


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How Soul Train Shaped a Generation

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style
By Nelson George

An authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture, from acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, “the most accomplished black music critic of his generation” (Washington Post Book World).

The Hippest Trip in America tells the full story of this pop culture phenomenon that appealed not only to blacks, but to a wide crossover audience as well. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Barry White, and Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time — a period of extraordinary social and political change. Colorful and pulsating, The Hippest Trip In America is a fascinating portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness.


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Scratch That: One Cat's Struggle With Internet Stardom

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity:
A Guide to Financial Freedom

By Patricia Carlin

The Internet offers an unprecedented opportunity for cats to become superstar "personalities" with revenue-generating multimedia brands — but only if you know how to cash in. With How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, readers can unlock the secrets of grooming your kitty for success, creating a terrific viral video, managing your cat’s burgeoning stardom and much more. Packed with practical tips and helpful diagrams, this indispensable resource shows how ordinary housecats can follow in the venerable pawprints of the Internet’s brightest stars.

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NPR Movie Review:
Bilbo's Back, With More Baggage Than Ever

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. The ensemble cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom. The film was nominated for three technical awards at the 2014 Oscars: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.


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HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Game of Thrones: Season 3

In the third season of the hit HBO drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters are barely holding onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King in the North, is facing major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen — reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons — attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.


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There's More Than One Way to Watch Star Wars

Star Wars: The Complete Blu-ray Saga

This nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Star Wars saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite moments in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

The comprehensive collection also features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full saga is available in one complete collection, Star Wars: The Complete Blu-ray Saga also features a coveted peek into the making of the saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.

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Easter

Egg-dyers beware, Easter is rapidly approcaching. To celebrate, we're featuring fun Easter treats and public radio stories. Morning Edition has the scoop on delectable Easter recipes while NPR's Deceptive Cadence presents the story behind John Philip Sousa's "Easter Monday on the White House Lawn." Enjoy!

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Webkinz Rabbit

Classic Easter Basket

Easter Eggs for
the Egg Hunt


Jelly Belly 40-Flavor
Gift Box

Marshmallow Peeps
10 Pack (4 Trays)

Dove White Chocolate Easter Bunny


The Gospel of Jesus Read by Garrison Keillor

This American Life: Crimebusters &
Crossed Wires

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

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The Keillor Reader

 

 

The Keillor Reader Autographed 1st Edition
By Garrison Keillor

 

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Available May 3rd!

The Reader is a wonderful, personal collection of stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences that Garrison Keillor has written throughout his career. It includes monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and excerpts from novels and newspaper columns. It also has extensive introductions, explaining why each piece was chosen and originally written, plus headnotes, photographs and memorabilia.

Garrison has signed a limited number of copies!

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