worth hearing • from NPR the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Philadelphia announced it had recovered the original manuscript of Peal S. Buck’s The Good Earth.

something new • also from NPR an interview with father and son writers Peter and Kevin Keim about their upcoming book, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through Its Flags

worth reading • the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, celebrates Robert Heinlein’s centenary with an appreciation that considers the controversial Starship Troopers, a coming-of-age story about duty, citizenship, and the role of the military in a free society.

blog of note • Book Ride has a nifty piece on celebrity book collectors – no Paris is not one of them.

cookies • from NPR Scott Simon remembers William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 1970 Caldecott Medal.

worth reading • via Book Patrol The Google Five: Harvard, Oxford, Michigan and Stanford and the New York Public Library – report on the results on their liaison with Google’s book scanning project.

well worth reading • Fine Books & Collections’ Scott Brown ponders why booksellers hawking restored dust jackets don’t spend half as much energy describing them, as they do with repaired or damaged books.

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