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'The White Road' is an obsessive journey into the world of porcelain

In 1717, Augustus the Strong of Poland, a porcelain devotee associated with the Meissen facility nearby, developed a passionate need to acquire 18 large Chinese porcelain vases owned by Frederick William I of Brandenburg and Prussia. The vases were not for sale, so Augustus suggested a swap. In exchange for the vases, he would supply William with a battalion of 600 dragoon guards.

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'This Book Is Gay,' an LGBT sex ed book for teens, is challenged in Wasilla, Alaska

A book intended for LGBT young adults is being challenged in the Wasilla, Alaska, public library by residents who want to see it reshelved or removed, reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

James Dawson's "This Book Is Gay" is currently shelved in the library's juvenile nonfiction section.

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A revealing interview with Carly Simon at her home in Martha's Vineyard about her new book, 'Boys in the Trees'

His fishing rod lay on the beam above the bookshelf for decades, long after he was gone. In his wake, she filled the room with velvet pillows, crystals, gauzy curtains, orchids. But Carly Simon remembers how it looked when she first moved here in 1971, into what James Taylor called his "shack."

Then, it was just a small cabin, hidden beneath lady's slippers and scrub oak on his 175-acre plot of land.

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The famous and famously vain men of Carly Simon's 'Boys in the Trees'

“Boys in the Trees,” Carly Simon’s new memoir, is largely about her passionate, tumultuous marriage to James Taylor. But before Simon wed Taylor in 1972, she had a string of relationships with some of the decade’s most famous actors and musicians.

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After the 'Serial' podcast, a book about Adnan Syed by Rabia Chaudry

When the podcast "Serial" became a hit last year, it sparked global interest in the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted 15 years ago of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore.

Now Syed's friend Rabia Chaudry, who first brought the case to the attention of "Serial" producer Sarah Koenig, is writing a book about Syed, with his cooperation.

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7 fictional Thanksgivings to fill your holiday craving

When it comes to holiday-themed fiction, Thanksgiving often gets short shrift. Readers can celebrate Halloween with the latest Stephen King or Clive Barker, and there's no shortage of novels that rely on Christmas miracles as plot points.

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