Henry Holt & Company: The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

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Christmas Reading; Authors' Book Picks

The Huffington Post discovered the "12 weirdest stories of Christmas," while Flavorwire recommended "10 of the best holiday books you probably haven't read" and the Guardian highlighted the "top 10 books given in books," noting that "literature provides some great examples of the delicate art of parcelling prose."

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Pork, beef, goose, lark, pheasant, venison, oysters, swan, woodcock and "a kid with a pudding in his belly" were just a few of the "39 dishes from the first Christmas menu, published in 1660," Mental Floss reported.

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"Day In, Day Out: Three Not-at-All-Boring Books on Tedium" were recommended by Said Sayrafiezadeh, author of Brief Encounters with the Enemy, for NPR. "None of the authors below set out to write a book about tedium, but hovering always just behind the scenes is that debilitating affliction, sluggish and repetitious, playing a central role in their lives," he noted.

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Never talk to strangers, unless books are the conversation starter. Buzzfeed found "14 places to talk to a stranger about books."

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"Why Tolstoy is 11.6% better than Shakespeare." Brain Pickings featured the "greatest books of all time, as voted by 125 famous authors."

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And just in time for holiday get-togethers, the Huffington Post suggested the "12 most twisted families in books."