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100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

5 Steps You Should Take To Protect Yourself After Massive Equifax Hack

On Thursday, Equifax announced that from mid-May through July 2017, criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Specifically, this hack may potentially impact 143 million U.S. consumers. The information accessed includes names, Social Security …

Identity Theft

The 50 best travel websites

The experts:<p><i>Mark Hodson founded 101holidays.co.uk, and 101honeymoons.co.uk</i><p><i>Abigail King is a travel writer and blogger, insidethetravellab.com</i><p><i>Srin</i> …

Our Best Recipes to Use an Excess of Canned Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin season is in full swing, and I'm in a constant back-and-forth battle with myself over the PSL-frenzy that ensues this time of year. …

Blue Train, South Africa - and the budget alternative

<b>The experience</b><p>“A fast train called the Union Express northbound and the Union Limited southbound was introduced in 1923, to link the Union Castle steamers arriving at Cape Town from Southampton with the goldfields of Jo’burg and the Transvaal capital at Pretoria. The original wooden coaches were …

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Ask a Top L.A. Dermatologist

Dermatologist Ava Shamban is the kind of person you also want to have as a best friend. She’s fiercely loyal, always game for a laugh and gives excellent botulinum toxin injections (or so I’ve heard…). Barely two weeks after opening of her new Pacific Palicades treatment center, Skin X Five (like …

Skin Care

11 Cherry Recipes That Basically Scream Summer

If you've been to the supermarket lately, chances are you've noticed a lot more of one gorgeous Summer favorite: cherries! That's because the deliciously stemmed and bite-size fruit is in season, which means it's time to start eating <i>more</i> of them.<p>Whether you plan to devour a handful in one serving …

Why You Shouldn't Book Flights Too Far In Advance

Are you one of those people who think it's never too early to book a flight? A recent study disproves that responsible theory, and it'll make you want to wait a few weeks to buy those plane tickets.<p>CheapAir, an online travel agency, recently analyzed 2014 flight data and found that while buying a …

The 21 Best Fried Chicken Spots in America

<i>By: Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers</i><p>Fried chicken just might be the world's most versatile food. It makes just as much sense at the dinner table or in your car or at breakfast with waffles, as it does at 3 a.m. out of the fridge or during the seventh-inning stretch of an intramural, co-ed softball …

8 Mobile Apps that Will Make You Love Your Next Layover

Prayitno / Flickr<p>Flight delays are impossible to avoid and even more frustrating to deal with. But there are a few smartphone apps that will make your next delay less of a headache. Whether you want to find the nearest airport lounge or yoga room, or just need help getting rebooked, you'll find …

5 iPhone Apps You Just Can't Miss This Week

Alfred Remote<p>If this app’s adorable name doesn’t make you feel like Batman, then perhaps its utility will make you feel like Tony Stark. Alfred …

Coconut Oil Recipes For Those New To This Versatile Ingredient

Congratulations. You took the leap. You've heard about coconut oil. You've wondered about its taste and cooking prowess. And now, you finally bought a jar. (Or maybe you did months ago, but have yet to crack it open.) Now what? Introducing a new ingredient into your kitchen, no matter how simple or …

The 100 most romantic restaurants in the US, according to OpenTable

OpenTable sorted through more than five million restaurant reviews from over 20,000 restaurants across the country to compile their list of the the most romantic restaurants in America.<p>American, French, and Italian spots dominated the list, with fondue restaurants making a strong appearance as well.<p>…

North Carolina

Books of the year 2014

The twenty-three books this scientist read this year, offered as a guide to the interested and the wary<p>It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in …

The Best Recipes That Came From Food Bloggers In 2014

If there's one thing the world doesn't need more of, it's food bloggers. The Internet is packed -- stuffed and basically bursting at the seams -- with thousands upon thousands of food blogs. After a while, they all sort of look the same and if you spend too much time browsing, you run the risk of …