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Even This I Get to Experience

Sara Says: Sometimes It’s OK to Meet Your Heroes

Not that Norman Lear was exactly a personal hero of mine; I’d never met the man or read anything about him or his life. His work, though – that’s another story! For me as for most of my peers, the shows he wrote/created/produced -- All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude...

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Oligarchs

The Moscow Rules: Vlad Putin and the Rise of the Russian Oligarchs

With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction, Ben Mezrich is one of our favorite writers. 2002's Bringing Down the House was a breathless account of how six card-counting M.I.T. students outsmarted millions...

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Bobby Wonderful

What Do We Do When a Parent Is Dying?

We, flail about, feel guilty, keep calm, carry on and otherwise do the best we can. If we're very lucky sometimes we even find humor in it...

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Rad Gifts for Grads

Enough with the pontificating commencement speeches! Let’s give our new grads a real helping hand with the wit and wisdom that lurk in these ten books.

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Draw Your Own Maps: Jeremy Collins and the Art of Adventure

Following the death of a close friend in an avalanche, Jeremy Collins set out on a series of adventures radiating out from his Kansas City home in the four cardinal directions. Drawn: The Art of Ascent is the result: a one-of-a-kind adventure book that's equal parts art, inspiration, and personal exploration.

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Lost at Sea: A Survivor's Tale

What do you get when you combine The Perfect Storm with Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage? Last Man Off, Matt Lewis's tense, first-person account about surviving a shipwreck in the Antarctic seas.

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"Nature Connection Is a Contact Sport": Raising a Wild Child

Any parent can relate: We live in an Xbox/Playstation/iPad world, and pulling your kids away from the Minecraft and pushing them out-of-doors can be a challenge--don't even mention getting them to like it. But Scott D. Sampson (Dinosaur Train!) knows a thing or two about connecting with kids, and in turn connecting kids with nature.

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Hold Still

Mann to Mann: Amazon's Penny Mann Talks To Sally Mann, Photographer & Author of “Hold Still”

Sally Mann’s memoir, Hold Still, debuted this week and is on our Best Books of the Month list for May. Honestly, I picked this book up knowing I would like it - I have admired and respected Mann’s photography for years, but I fell in love with it because it showed me who Sally Mann truly is...

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NoPants

Laugh Your Pants Right off of Your Body

Face it, we've all lost our pants at some point, but what did you learn? Sarah Colonna lost hers in Vegas, and she learned a lot. Read her tips for surviving single living in your 30s, and the five things she wishes she could tell her twentysomething self.

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50Flies

Art Does Not Come Easy

Here's the problem with fly-fishing: Novels like Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It and David James Duncan's The River Why have loaded so much hardscrabble spirituality into the sport that being bad at it feels like a failure of living. This is why countless folks obsess over it, especially many men of a certain age. It's like golf, but with a point, and much better scenery.

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