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Read: Phil Knight's Shoe Dog ... Michael Schulman's Her Again ... Michael Kinsley's Old Age ... Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos ... Jeffrey J. Selingo's There Is Life After College ... Joshua Hammer's The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu ... Listen: Beyoncé ... The Jayhawks ... Weezer ... Rufus Wainwright ... Mother's Day Gift Ideas and more.


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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
By Phil Knight

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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Phil Knight talks about founding Nike

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Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
By Michael Schulman

A thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep — nominated for 19 Oscars, winning three — explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism and her astonishing talent.

Morning Edition:
Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty and Popular in High School

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Old Age: A Beginner's Guide
By Michael Kinsley

A deeply personal portrait of aging and illness by the Vanity Fair columnist and founder of Slate draws on his battles with Parkinson’s to trace the experiences of Baby Boomers against periods of dramatic cultural, economic and health-care changes.

All Things Considered:
A Baby Boomer With Parkinson's Reports Back From Front Lines of Aging

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel
By Dominic Smith

Half a century after reluctantly painting a forgery of the only surviving work by a 17th century female Dutch artist, Ellie Shipley curates an exhibit of women Dutch painters and risks exposure when both the original and her forgery arrive.

Fresh Air:
From a Whaling Ship to a Mysterious Painting, New Novels Deliver Big Thrills

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There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow
By Jeffrey J. Selingo

The author of College Unbound outlines an inspiring blueprint for parents of college students on how to minimize anxieties and help their children land successful jobs after graduation in today’s uncertain markets.

NPR:
Are You as Freaked Out About Life After College as I Am?

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
By Joshua Hammer

To save precious centuries-old Islamic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

All Things Considered:
Timbuktu’s Badass Librarians: Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida’s Nose

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Lemonade
By Beyoncé

Lemonade, Beyoncé’s sixth studio album and her second visual album, features 12 new songs and a corresponding short film. It is a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing.

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Lemonade and the business of Beyoncé

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Paging Mr. Proust
By The Jayhawks

From the jangle of album opener "Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces" to the trademark harmonies of "Isabel's Daughter" to the more pensive "Lover of the Sun," it is clear that The Jayhawks' power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992's Hollywood Town Hall. Other tracks such as the sludgy rocker "Lost the Summer," the kraut-rock groove of "Ace" and the taut minimalism of "Comeback Kids" bring new sounds to the palette. Paging Mr. Proust shows a commitment to adventure and forward motion, which makes this collection of songs exciting and instantly memorable.

NPR First Listen:
The Jayhawks, Paging Mr. Proust

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Weezer
By Weezer

The fourth self-titled release for the alternative rock band led by Rivers Cuomo was inspired by Southern California beach life and was produced by Jake Sinclair. Rivers Cuomo described Weezer as a "beach album", based on his experiences "hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles ... with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, the kids from La Sera." Cuomo specifically used Tinder to meet people for song ideas. Sonically, Cuomo credited The Beach Boys as a major influence.

The Frame:
Weezer’s tour life: Rocking out while changing diapers at the after-party

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Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets
By Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in typically dramatic fashion by releasing a unique collection of nine sonnets in stunning performances by both actors (Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner) and vocalists (Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska).

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Review: Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching — have you got her a gift yet? Public Radio Market is here to help choose something special for the person who helped make you the person you are. My mom's birthday always falls on Mother's Day weekend, so I have a lifetime of experience when it comes to picking gifts at this time of year. Here are a few gifts that were a hit with my mom!


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Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime
By Scott Simon

A moving meditation on the NPR host’s relationship with his mother, inspired by the popular tweets he shared during her final days, traces their shared love of family while profiling his mother’s heroic work as a dedicated single parent.

PBS NewsHour:
Why Scott Simon shared his mother’s death with an unseen audience

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The Apartment
By Danielle Steel

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As Time Goes By
By Mary Higgins Clark

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The Obsession
By Nora Roberts


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NPR Driveway Moments for Moms

This collection of radio moments is all about mothers, including the hilarious real-life messages Amy Borkowsky’s mother leaves on her answering machine, and Minnesotan Kevin Kling’s yearly conflict between Mother’s Day and the fishing opener. Hosted by Peter Sagal from Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Morning Edition:
"Mom" Remembers Her Olympic Past

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Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps

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Motherhood: A Radio Collection
From A Prairie Home Companion

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This I Believe: On Motherhood


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Shakespearean Love Mug

"The course of true love never did run smooth" wrote Shakespeare. Twenty-one such quotes of love by the bard adorn this mug.

The Writer's Almanac:
Sonnet 116

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Fire HD 10

If your parents are like mine, they seldom update their technology until it breaks. My mother's HP laptop from 2007 finally broke, providing me with an opportunity to upgrade her to a tablet. While she was initially nervous about trying a new device, she and her new tablet have been inseparable ever since. She loves that it fits in her purse and that it's easier to hold while watching television with my father at night. I would be surprised if she ever goes back to using a laptop again.

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Malden Wood Matted 8x10 Black Picture Frame

This is an easy one: Frame a childhood photo. It's inexpensive, sentimental and thoughtful. It costs less than a gift card, but says so much more.

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Corkcicle Classic Wine Chiller, Cork

When choosing a gift, I try to find a clever twist on my parents' hobbies and interests. They enjoy a good bottle of wine, so the Corkcicle was a novel gift that also served a purpose.

The first of its kind, Corkcicle is an innovative product designed to keep your white wines chilled and bring your room temperature reds down to a more suitable "cellar" temperature, without the need for an ice bucket.

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