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The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

The winners span two-dozen categories, including everything from literary fiction to mysteries and thrillers.<p>From gripping nonfiction that delves deep into historical accounts to novels that take readers into fascinating imaginary worlds, here are the top 10 books Amazon chose for 2015.<p>1. <b>"</b><b>Fates and</b> …

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books

Amazon announces new crop of fall pilots

In the wake of its five Emmy wins on Sunday, including lead actor and directing in a comedy for "Transparent," Amazon has announced its fall pilot season -- set to debut in the months to come -- exclusively on Amazon Video, where viewers can watch the new pilots and give feedback that Amazon …

TV

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and …

'A Manual For Cleaning Women' Showcases A Gritty, One-Of-A-Kind Voice

My grandmother worked all her life cleaning houses and offices, so it's hard for me to resist a short story collection called <i>A Manual for Cleaning Women.</i> Cleaning ladies are rare characters in literary fiction; so, too, are clerical workers, hospital staff and switchboard operators, but they …

How Game of Thrones Season 6 Is Taking Badass Brienne Off the Bench

Sometime during <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 3, when Brienne and Jaime were grimily cavorting around Westeros losing appendages and battling bears, the tall lady warrior became a huge fan favorite. But ever since the show and Jaime sent her packing with shiny new armor, sword, and squire, things haven’t …

True Detective Season Two: No More Heroes

In a climactic season finale, the show attempted to wrap up (almost) all of its loose ends.<p>This week following <i>True Detective</i>, David Sims, Christopher Orr, and Sophie Gilbert discuss the murders and machinations depicted in the HBO drama. (Spencer Kornhaber is away.)<p><b>Sims:</b> So, in the end, did we get …

TV

Want to feel happier? Watch a film that makes you cry

Watching a tearjerker will spark a burst of happiness 90 minutes after the film has ended scientists have found<p>It is said that laughter is the best medicine, but when it comes to feeling blue, crying might be the best cure.<p>Researchers in the Netherlands videoed a group of 60 volunteers watching two …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2015 So Far

Generation ships, sentient forests, exploding moons — there has been no shortage of action, speculation, and mystery in the year’s best sci-fi and …

Science Fiction

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

Higher Education

Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

Psychology