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Read: Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken Cheryl Strayed's Wild … Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl … John Green's The Fault in Our Stars … Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games Box Set James Dashner's The Maze Runner Series Listen: Pentatonix ... Joni Mitchell ... Watch: Guardians of the Galaxy ... Toys, Wine Advice and more.

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Listen to Fresh Air:
The Unbroken Spirit of an Ordinary Hero

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
By Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the sole survivor when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II. He faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft and an even greater trial.


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Listen to The Daily Circuit:
Author Cheryl Strayed sought emotional healing, and found a physical test

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
By Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.


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Listen to Morning Edition:
David Fincher Talks Gone Girl, Avoids Spoilers (Hooray!)

Gone Girl: A Novel
By Gillian Flynn

After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.


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John Green's Stars Shines Bright on the Silver Screen

The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


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Listen to The Frame:
Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence knows the pressure is on

The Hunger Games Box Set
By Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins’s extraordinary worldwide-bestselling Hunger Games trilogy is now available in a paperback boxset! This edition features the books with the classic cover art in a striking new package.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


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Listen to The Daily Circuit:
Is the young-adult movie craze changing genre books, readers?

The Maze Runner Series Complete Collection
By James Dashner

Read James Dashner’s New York Times bestselling The Maze Runner series in this complete four-book collection, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, is now a movie featuring Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and the second book, The Scorch Trials, will soon be a movie, hitting theaters September 18, 2015.

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze, with no memory, and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. But once he escapes, he discovers the outside world is a new and dangerous place.

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This Arrangement of Silent Night Can't Be Missed

That's Christmas to Me
By Pentatonix

"We are super excited to share these arrangements of some of our favorite holiday classics and the original title track of this new 10-track album, That's Christmas to Me. Plus, there's a bonus track! And did we mention our incredibly talented friend Tori Kelly is also featured on the album in our 'Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy' mashup? AMAZING, WE KNOW!" — Pentatonix


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Listen to Morning Edition:
The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced
By Joni Mitchell

Love Has Many Faces truly is an artist-curated collection. Mitchell selected the material from 40 years of recording. She designed the package. The package is a book containing 53 lyrical poems, six new paintings, and an autobiographical text illuminating her recording process. It is funny, mystical, and informative.

Long time listeners should find the music familiar but fresh. There has been a lot of sonic adjustment. Newcomers to this music have an adventure before them — a journey into highly-original, harmonically innovative, unusually rhythmic music. Some of the greatest musicians in the world are gathered here — supporting this emotionally charged exploration of love's many faces.

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Listen to Press Play with Madeleine Brand:
Guardians of the Galaxy and the Celluloid Ceiling

Guardians of the Galaxy

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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Toys: Grade School (6–8 Years)
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Over the next few weeks, we'll feature the season's hottest toys — broken down by various age groups — as decided by the Toy Insider. Today we focus on toys for children 6 – 8 years of age.

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Razor Power Rider 360 Electric Tricycle

Blast into the future with the Power Rider 360 — the all-new, electric powered three-wheeler from Razor. With the push of a button, you're off — no pedaling required. Race at speeds up to 9 mph, cut full 360 degree spins, slide, even drift on Power Rider 360's high-performance duel inclined rear caster wheels.

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Skylanders Trap Team Triple Character Pack

 

Shopkins Supermarket Playset

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wine glasses

When to use high-end wine glasses

If wine glasses are so important, why do the Italians and French drink their wine from glasses that look like jelly jars or something you use for orange juice?

When the wine gets serious, usually so do the glasses. Those tumblers are for everyday wines. In Italy and France, stemmed tulips with plenty of room for swirling and sniffing come out with the special bottles.

If you’re looking for justification for spending serious money on glasses, test drive top-end Riedel wine glasses or the less expensive Spiegelau. Each glass is shaped for a specific wine, delivering the liquid to a certain area of the palate. The priciest Riedels are so sheer, the wine seems to float onto the tongue.

Being a skinflint by nature, I was skeptical, but am now a convert. Of course skinflints don’t give up easily. My compromise is an “all-purpose” glass that’s fairly sheer, holds about 18 ounces and was on sale for a ridiculously low price. Keep an eye out — you could score a bargain.

— Lynne

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Of Interest to Public Radio Fans
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Shop Amazon and Support Public Radio

This season, start your shopping by using our Shop Amazon button. If you do, Public Radio Market will get credited for all of your purchases. We have made your shopping easy by breaking down Amazon's website into easy shopping categories. Whether you're shopping for yourself or looking for that perfect gift, begin all your Amazon shopping here!

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David Edin
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