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Is Chanson Douce the next Gone Girl? This author's book on a killer nanny is next year's must-read

The baby is dead,” begins Leila Slimani’s novel. “It only took a few seconds. The doctor offered assurance that it didn’t suffer. They zipped up the limp body, found lying amongst the toys, in a grey bag. The little girl, however, was still breathing when they got there.”<p>As far as first pages go, …

Books

The 20 best books of the year, according to readers

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Book recommendation sharing website Goodreads just released its 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards chosen by readers …

The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

The 14 Fantasy Series Every Bookworm Must Read

Looking for the ultimate list of geeky reads? Ahead, we're highlighting our editor's picks for must-read epic fantasy series, with all the elements …

Finished binging Netflix's Stranger Things? Pick up these 12 books next

Netflix’s <i>Stranger Things</i> has captivated audiences with its sense of nostalgia, drawing from the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. With the first season out and finished, we’ve been itching for our next hit of horror fiction that we can obsess over.<p>Books were a major …

Does This Rock Explain Why Egyptians Are Biblical Villains?

For nearly a century, historians have argued about whether or not the events in Exodus actually took place, A new find in Israel may hold the key to …

Best French Toast: The Only Baked French Toast Recipe You Need

Baked French toast | iStock.com<p><i>Stop wasting time in the kitchen. We’ve found the best recipes for your favorite foods, from burgers to breakfast</i> …

Breakfast

‘Night of the Animals’ and other best science fiction books this month

Some have called Bill Broun’s <b>Night of the Animals</b> (Ecco) prescient. The book’s plot indeed dovetails eerily with some recent events — Brexit, terrorism — but in this smartly written dystopian novel, things are even worse than the headlines. It’s 2052 and England is in political and economic …

Psychology can help us understand the warped logic of revenge

Most people want to believe that the world is a fair place. But recent violence in the US—including the police killings of African-American men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the subsequent murder of five police officers in Dallas—have made the reality of injustice in American society …

Psychology

Yes, You’re Tired of Hearing About Pokemon Go. But Here Are 5 Things to Learn From Its Success

The Pokemon Go phenomenon has swept the nation at a record pace since its release on July 6. In just a matter of days the app has moved to the top of …

9 tips on how to stand out, according to a psychiatrist

Diana Vreeland famously said, "You don't have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive."<p>Her wise words are supported by science. All too often we assume good looks and charisma are innate qualities bestowed to a handful of lucky people at birth.<p>Research suggests otherwise. There is so much more …

The Top 5 Lessons I've Learned After Reading 500+ Self-Help Books

By the time I was 15 years old, my mom, sister, and I had moved homes at least 25 times. My father was an alcoholic. I was getting government-paid school lunches and had a weekend job at a local bakery. I was not surrounded by much ambition or inspiration.<p>But I knew the life I was given was …

10 Best documentaries every aspiring entrepreneur should watch

Share40<p>Tweet<p>Share61<p>+16<p>Shares 107<p>As an entrepreneur, you’re no doubt in constant search of new ways to grow your business. But who wants to slog …

Sorry conservatives, new research from Harvard shows a profound amount of racism by police…not less of it

<b>(AP/Gerald Herbert)</b><p>Don’t believe the right-wing spin about Harvard’s damning study that illustrates how cops target blacks<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>July 14, 2016 9:56am (UTC)<p>Philando Castile was killed by a Minneapolis-area police officer while giving him his identification. Like so many other black men, …

A Pulsing Story As Layered And Complex As Life Itself

By Lisa Unger | Off the Shelf<p>All writers begin as readers. This is where we fall in love with story. We are addicted to that feeling. You know the one: when you open a book and read a few words, a few sentences. And you just <i>know</i> . . . there's a zing, a little buzz of excitement. Right away, you can</i> …

America’s Best Little Beach Towns

Tucked between popular Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel, this quiet town is more famous for its butterflies and stray deer than its tourists. You …

No Experience Required: Build Your App With no Product Team in 1 Hour per Day

by Minh Ha Duong on Startup Grind<p>Startup founders are becoming something like this generation’s rock stars: founding your company, launching an app, …

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Economic inequality is the cause and the consequence of our racial problems

The eruption of community protests that followed the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week placed the spotlight once again on racial disparities in American society. But one aspect that again received less attention than it deserved is economic disparity. That's important …

8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no.

Dylan Noble died on the last Saturday of June.<p>Police in Fresno, Calif., received a report of a man walking a downtown street with a rifle, but when they arrived, they instead found Noble speeding by in his pickup truck.<p>When they tried to pull him over, the 19-year-old led police to a nearby gas …

Law Enforcement

Best Backpacking Trails In The Continental U.S.

(credit: Randy Yagi)<p>Most every trail in America has its own unique set of natural beauty and spectacular vistas. But some are much more special than …

11 Addictive Books You Can Tear Through in a Weekend

Short, sweet, and page-turning.<p><b>1. The Girls by Emma Cline</b><p>This mesmerizing novel follows impressionable teenager Evie Boyd as she falls in with a sketchy, cult-like group inspired by the Manson Family. Come for the salacious connections to real life, stay for Cline's haunting depiction of female …

27 of the Most Beautiful Places to Put on Your Travel Bucket List

From sea to shining sea and everything in between.<p>Narrowing down the list of America's most scenic spots is clearly an impossible task, but these stunning places are totally worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list.

National Parks

23 Affordable Vacations That Are Perfect For Budget Travelers

Where to go to stretch your dollar as far as possible.<p>Yes, you will probably have to pay more for your plane ticket than you would for a domestic flight. But if you choose your destination wisely, you could end up spending much less while you're there. (And you should always follow these tips for …

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

10 Must-Read Books for July 2016

It turns out you can read anything you want on the beach.<p>The motliest month of the year, at least in terms of genre and theme, July still proves it’s …

10 books you should read if you want to start your own business

Highly sought-out consultant Perry Marshall is the author of seven business books dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses owners like yourself with online advertising and getting more sales.<p>Here, Marshall shares his go-to books to help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey.

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 …

Books

Beverley Lee: The New First Lady Of Dark Fantasy

Six weeks ago a book appeared multiple times on my Instagram feed. The last thing I needed was another book on my TBR (to be read) list, but due to the comments written by the serious readers of #bookstagram, I found the book online, read the first paragraph and bought the eBook immediately. Half …