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All the books you should have read in 2016

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, Paul Beatty became the first American writer to win the Booker Prize, the Internet picked sides when …

Books

My President Was Black

A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next<p><i>“They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”</i><p><i>— F. Scott Fitzgerald,</i> The Great Gatsby<p><b>I.</b><p>In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, …

African-American News

The 5K, Not The Marathon, Is The Ideal Race

On a recent business trip, I asked the concierge at my hotel for advice about where to go running. “Are you training for a marathon?” he asked. Nope. …

The Busy Man’s Upper-Body Workout

It’s a brief workout that comes with big rewards<p>Hit your A and B sides in just 10 minutes flat with this workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>The routine uses a heavy-hitting duo of pushing and pulling exercises to work your pecs, lats, and all their supporting muscles.<p><b>Related:</b> …

57 Make-Ahead Breakfasts so You Can Sleep in and Eat Well All Week

We're all about the make-ahead breakfast, for those mornings that we just really don't have time.<p><b>As much as we'd love to</b>, we don't have time to make restaurant-ready breakfasts each and every morning for ourselves and our loved ones. That's why we have frittatas, porridges, puddings, bars, and so …

Breakfast

Stop Making Excuses! 9 Ways to Make Time for Fitness

If you are looking to get in better shape, I'm willing to bet in the last 12 months you have said or have heard the phrase "I just don't have the time". Between work and running a full house, it can be difficult to find the time to exercise. Whenever I hear the phrase "I don't have time to …

Entrepreneurship

Setting the Record Straight on Medicare for All: An Open Letter From 560 Physicians and Medical Students

<i>Physicians-in-training voice their support for single-payer reform. Photo: Al Nowakowski.</i><p><i>The following statement has been signed by more than 560 physicians and medical students. It was crafted by Andrea Christopher, M.D., Fellow in General Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Adam Gaffney,</i> …

Health Care

I've been investing in real estate for 25 years, and I think buying a house is for suckers

People think the only way to save money is to buy a house. Suzy Orman thinks you have no way to earn any real money for yourself, so she advises you to buy a house as the only way to get your money. You will get your home paid off when you are old. Who wants to wait until they are old to have money?<p>…

Real Estate

Meet India's female 'seed guardians' pioneering organic farming

The ‘seed guardians’ of Odisha are pioneering new ways of sharing and storing seeds to reap a more sustainable future<p>Bring up the topic of seeds and Nabita Goud sits up a little straighter and begins to talk animatedly.<p>Nabita is a smallholder and a “seed guardian” at the Maa Lankeshwari seedbank of …

How Having Money Makes You a Jerk

"The more money you have, the more focused on yourself you become," says one social psychologist.<p>Whether we have money or not, one thing is certain: …

8 signs Americans are slowly embracing a healthier diet

Soda consumption is down, and our aversion to sugar is expected to grow. Here are the trends to watch in 2016<p>Reynard Loki<p>January 12, 2016 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Last summer, the right mix of rain and sun over Minnesota gave corn farmers in the Gopher State a bumper …

Agriculture

How an Indian doctor built a billion dollar company by making heart surgeries affordable

Even in a country of 900,000 odd doctors, 62-year-old Devi Prasad Shetty stands out—and how.<p>In his three decades in the profession, Shetty has conducted more than 15,000 heart surgeries—including India’s first neonatal cardiac surgery in 1992—and held the distinction of serving as Mother Teresa’s …

Health Care

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

How Much Exercise Is Needed To Burn Off Junk Food Including A Big Mac, KFC Chicken And Fries

Pizza, fries and burgers might taste like heaven on earth, but there's a whole load of calories in them, which means a shed load of exercise is …

the documentaries that ruled 2015

The year’s finest non-fiction films left us with complex questions and unfathomable truths to wrestle with.<p>A harrowing portrait of vigilante groups on opposite ends of the U.S./Mexico border (<i>Cartel Land</i>), an exhaustive survey of the celebrity-baiting Scientology movement (<i>Going Clear</i>) and 80 …

Inflamed

The debate over the latest cure-all craze.<p>Several years ago, I fell at the gym and ripped two tendons in my wrist. The pain was excruciating, and within minutes my hand had swollen grotesquely and become hot to the touch. I was reminded of a patient I’d seen early in medical school, whose bacterial …

Medical Research

Turning Down The Heat When Cooking Meat May Reduce Cancer Risk

Remember the headlines a few weeks back, when the World Health Organization categorized red and processed meats as cancer-causing?<p>Turns out, the techniques you use to prepare your meat seem to play into this risk.<p>A new study published in the journal <i>Cancer</i> finds that high-temperature cooking methods …

The Billionaire Who's Fighting Income Inequality

The average annual compensation of the 30 highest paid CEOs is $47 million per year.<p>With a net worth of $21.1 billion according to the Bloomberg …

The Bay Area has opened America’s first USDA-certified organic fast-food restaurant

Good news for organic foodies who love fried chicken but not the time it takes to make it: organic fast food has arrived in the US.<p>This week, the country’s first USDA-certified organic fast food restaurant opened in (where else?) the San Francisco area, Fox News reports. The menu at the Organic …

Fast Food

Ten of the most badass upcoming documentaries

A lot of great documentaries have come out this year. <i>Dior and I</i>, <i>Amy</i>, <i>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck</i>. While they’ll undoubtedly go on to land award season nods or at least a Netflix playback, there are thousands more underdogs toiling to be seen. All of the documentaries mentioned below will be, rather …

Here's how much exercise you need to see results

So what's the shortest amount of time you can work out in order to start seeing some of these benefits?<p>A new paper, published in the Viewpoints section of JAMA, reviews the existing evidence on that question and concludes that this magic number is merely minutes.<p>In several studies the authors …

Exercise

How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

As debate rages about whether to introduce a sugar tax, this is the story of how Mexico defied its own powerful fizzy drinks industry to impose a tax on soda<p>Mexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. …

Diabetes

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

Your salary shouldn’t be your only source of income

Millions of words are written everyday about personal finance. Most of these are sensible, but lack the psychological and behavioral aspects that help people break bad financial habits. In the meantime, the advertising world bombards you with great ways to separate you from your money, by blurring …

Investing

A light-skinned Latina like me will never be able to live in the land of whiteness | Melissa Lozada-Oliva

I’ve been told that I’m the ‘good’ kind of Latino because of my skin color<p>What exactly does being a light-skinned Latina mean for me? It means that all at once, I am just dark enough, too dark or not dark enough at all. It means that I’m the color white people want to be, but white people don’t …

How to travel in luxury without spending a fortune

But with a little research and planning, a vacation filled with private jets and luxury accommodations doesn't have to be a far-fetched fantasy.<p>If you'd like to vacation like a millionaire without refinancing your mortgage or sabotaging your credit score, try these seven travel tips to add a little …

Credit Cards

A 30-Minute Strength and Cardio Circuit to Challenge Your Entire Body

Ready to take your home workout to a new level? While you may have heard about interval training—trainers' dirty little secret for a stronger body …

13 things mentally strong people don't do

It's usually seen in what you <i>don't</i> do.<p>In her book, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," author Amy Morin writes that developing mental strength is a "three-pronged approach."<p>It's about controlling your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.<p>Here are 13 things mentally strong people do not do, …

Self-help