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What's Your Sign? Comic Book Legend Stan Lee's "The Zodiac Legacy"

If you don't already know the name Stan Lee, I can pretty much guarantee that you're familiar with his work. Lee is an icon and visionary in the comics industry who is, among other things, the co-creator of Spiderman, X-Men, and the Hulk. Now, Lee has written his first novel...

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The Southern Man

My Sunshine Away is our Debut Spotlight pick for February and M.O. Walsh's smart work of Southern fiction had me hooked from the first chapter. Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, and fully immersed in the climate and culture of Baton Rouge, Louisiana...

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The Dear Director: Essential North Korean Cinema

North Korea has a complex relationship with the movies. Most people with access to TV, internet, or ears are familiar with The Interview and the recent kerfuffle that the assassination comedy caused when the DPRK apparat took notice, and then offense. But the story goes much farther back than that.

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Recipe Road Test: "Sheet Pan Suppers" Pork Chops

After cooking a meal, dealing with the prep aftermath feels like getting paid in wooden nickels, so there's nothing I love more than one-container cooking. Of course there's the ol' faithful crock pot, but Molly Gilbert has opened my eyes to the myriad possibilities of the sheet pan, far beyond baking cookies and catching spillovers...

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No Chimps in Heaven: Mankind's Journey of Imagination

Yuval Noah Harari has some questions. Among the biggest: How did Homo sapiens evolve from an unexceptional savannah-dwelling primate to become the dominant force on the planet, emerging as the lone survivor out of six distinct hominid species? He also has some answers, and they’re not always what you’d expect.

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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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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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