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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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Mistakes Were Made. Dana Cowin Helps Us Fix Them.

I first became aware of Dana Cowin through my love affair with Top Chef where Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, is a guest judge every season. Then last fall came her first cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in...

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Wild at Heart: The Dark Center of Tim Johnston's "Descent"

2015 may be young, but Tim Johnston's Descent has positioned itself as an early frontrunner for year-end best-of lists. The surprise bestseller's plot is straight-up thriller: On the eve of daughter Caitlin's departure for college, the Courtlands drive into the...

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YA Wednesday: Best Books of January

In the last couple of years January has been a really strong month for YA. Consider 2012's The Fault in Our Stars, 2013's Just One Day, and last year's Hollow City. All January, all stand outs for the year. 2015...

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TidyingUp

The Book That Changed My Life

I know that sounds really dramatic, but it's 100% true. The book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it has done for me what no other organizational books, articles, tips, or...

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365 Days of Wonder to Start the New Year

R.J. Palacio's Wonder is still one of my favorite books and continues to be discovered and cherished by kids and adults. In the novel, Auggie's 5th grade English teacher, Mr. Browne, introduces the kids to precepts and tasks them with...

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Pharos Editions: The Art of Small-Batch Publishing

Who doesn't like finding treasure? Who doesn't like cool books? (Nobody here, hopefully.) Pharos Editions does. For just over two years, Pharos has dedicated themselves to "bringing to light out-of-print, lost or rare books of distinction." Their strategy is simple...

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A Boat, a Whale & A Walrus Walk Into a...Conversation with Renee Erickson

Renee Erickson has earned local and national accolades for her Seattle restaurants over the last couple of years and this fall penned her first cookbook which we promptly chose as a Best Cookbook of October and recently a Best Cookbook...

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Sara Says: All I Want for Christmas Is...

All I want for Christmas, as usual, is a big fat novel I can curl up with, all the better to get some quiet time amid the usual family hubbub. But even though I’m going to have to wait a...

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Danny Clinch & the Majesty of Rock

If you love music, you've probably seen Danny Clinch's work. Over decades of work, he has photographed the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tupac, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Jay-Z, and... the list goes on. His...

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