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David Bowie Narrates the Pioneering Soviet Children’s Symphony Peter and the Wolf
David Bowie Narrates the Pioneering Soviet Children’s Symphony Peter and the Wolf

How the clarinet cat and the oboe duck lifted the Iron Curtain for a magical performance.

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Zelda Fitzgerald’s Little-Known Art
Zelda Fitzgerald’s Little-Known Art

From Alice in Wonderland to Times Square, a delicate dance of the imagination.

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Young Hans Christian Andersen Climbs Mount Vesuvius During an Eruption and Lives to Tell About It in a Beautiful, Dramatic Account
Young Hans Christian Andersen Climbs Mount Vesuvius During an Eruption and Lives to Tell About It in a Beautiful, Dramatic Account

“The sea raised its great wings, coal black smoke arose from Vesuvius into the blue sky…”

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What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist
What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist

How the trailblazing female journalist got her start at speaking truth to power.

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The Adulterous Society: How John Updike Made Suburban Sex Sexy
The Adulterous Society: How John Updike Made Suburban Sex Sexy

“There is no such thing as static happiness. Happiness is a mixed thing, a thing compounded of sacrifices, and losses, and betrayals.”

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From the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley: How Mark Twain Became the Steve Jobs of His Day
From the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley: How Mark Twain Became the Steve Jobs of His Day

The power of mischief, timing, and typography.

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