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Why You Should Read Books You Hate

Here’s a reading challenge: Pick up a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you’ve dismissed since high school, written by an author …

Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay <i>Walden: Or, Life in the Woods</i>. Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and …

Scrumdiddlyumptious to Oompa Loompa: Six of Roald Dahl’s splendiferous words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Roald Dahl is remembered for his solitary, kind-hearted child heroes—Charlie, who visited a chocolate factory, and Sophie, who befriended a floppy-eared giant, among them—and their triumphs over bullying adults. But the beloved British children’s book author was also known for the distinctive …

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A hundred years on from Agatha Christie’s first novel, crime fiction is going cosy again

Forget domestic noir and put down all those books with “Girl” in the title. Crime fiction is turning back the clock to its golden age with a host of books that pay homage to the genre’s grande dame, Agatha Christie, either intentionally or in spirit.<p>Last week saw the publication of <i>Closed Casket</i>, …

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Spaghetti with red chicory, bacon and garlic crumbs

I absolutely love the bright freshness of this pasta: it’s a wonderfully light meal. Use radicchio if you can’t find red chicory. If you’re very organised and have everything prepped first, the pasta will be cooked at the same time as the rest of the dish.<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>400g spaghetti<br>• 1 tbsp …

The hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter

Born 150 years ago on 28 July, the British children’s book author was far more subversive than you may have realised, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>“Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs McGregor.”<p>Old Mrs Rabbit’s frightful warning to her children Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and …

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

In honor of summer and our hope for some leisurely reads, we've been talking to booksellers across the country — and they have a lot of suggestions.<p>So imagine your favorite summer reading spot, and get ready to "Pack These Pages." Our first guide is Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in …

31 Books You Need To Bring To The Beach This Summer

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9 tragic love stories to read after seeing 'Me Before You'

The film adaption of <i>Me Before You</i>, Jojo Moyes’ stunning tale of loss and romance, hits theaters Friday and follows the tragic relationship between …

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Best new crime reads in April by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH<p><i>All Things Cease to Appear</i> by Elizabeth Brundage<p>Over the few days I read this book, I wouldn’t steal small moments to read a …