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Behind the Book
Book Land

The New Republic website has had
a very appealing makeover.

"We make reading something kids want to do."

That's the critical mission of Behind the Book founded by Jo Umans in 2003. They do it by bringing authors and their books into NYC classrooms of low-income and underserved students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

You can help them get books into the hands of young New Yorkers and light a lifelong passion to read. There's a 10th anniversary benefit taking place tonight in midtown, tickets from $125. There are also volunteering opportunities (no prior experience necessary) and they welcome individual donations of any amount.

Hot off the presses this week…. Speaking from Among the Bones is the next installment in the charming Flavia de Luce murder-mystery series by Alan Bradley, set in 1950s England, starring an 11-year-old detective. Perfect for a dreary January night.

Also perfect for the winter blahs, The Mediterranean Slow Cooker, a sirocco of warmth and flavors thanks to the recipes of Michele Scicolone.

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore may not cure your seasonal affective disorder, but Mr. Gore cogently analyzes the many challenges that face human beings of future generations, many of which can be addressed now if we're willing to look at them.

Previous generations have overcome formidable challenges: case in point, the Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War by historian Paul Kennedy.

In A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, Dina Nayeri writes of a young girl in 1980s Iran, separated from her twin sister, who contends with life by imagining a sweeter fate in America for her sister.

Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America by Sam Roberts looks at the story and influence of the great terminal as it celebrates its 100th birthday.

Restaurateur Eddie Huang's memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, is a boisterous, profane, very funny immigrant saga.

Ninth Street, Brooklyn (from 2011)

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