For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews that identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
How about a nice, juicy moose burger with your venison? Wild game suppers are a rural American harvest tradition dating back to Colonial times. This year, 800 people turned out for the long-running "superbowl" of these suppers, where hunters donate most of the meat (with some roadkill thrown in.)
More than 35 years ago, Bernard Kinsey acquired an 1832 bill of sale for a slave named William Johnson. Since then, Kinsey and his wife have made it their life's work to gather artwork and documents that tell the full story of African-Americans. The Kinsey Collection spans 400 years of history.
Jack Bishop and Brigid Lancaster of the public TV series share tips for buying, seasoning and cooking a turkey (hint: bigger isn't necessarily better, keep lots of salt around and give the bird a break before carving.) They also give advice on how to make some of their favorite side dishes.
Holiday gatherings can be a great time to catch up on big news in the family. But they can also lead to awkward talks and sharing just a little too much information. Host Michel Martin gets advice on sticky holiday conversations with etiquette experts, Philip Galanes and Harriette Cole.
In softcover fiction, Joyce Carol Oates wreaks karmic horror on turn-of-the-century Princeton and Sebastian Faulks braids five lives in the search for what makes a self. In softcover nonfiction, Elton John tells the story of his crusade for better AIDS treatment and Bernard Lewis maps the Middle East with a life's worth of anecdotes.
Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. Now a scientist has taken the DIY craze to an entirely new level. She and an artist have made cheeses using the microcritters on their own skin, as well as those from famous folks. The curds are on display at a museum.