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The Lie of Little Women

Peering into the secrets of Louisa May Alcott’s real life sheds light on her treasured coming-of-age tale.<p>Early in the recent BBC/PBS miniseries <i>Little Women</i>, the first significant adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel in 24 years, Laurie (played by Jonah Hauer-King) tells Jo (Maya Hawke)—the …

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A beginner’s guide to enjoying classical music. No snobs allowed

Classical music aficionados: Go away. This article is not for you. Instead, it is for everyone who sees classical music as a private club and who feels they’re standing outside the clubhouse. It’s for those who have been to one or two orchestral concerts but are still not quite sure what they’re …

Flute

Like a conjuring trick, Michael Ondaatje's Warlight leaves you in awe of the magician

In those long lazy summers B C (before children), I made a habit of reading the winner of the Booker Prize and much of the shortlist. Part of the pleasure was the sense of righteous indignation when my favourite was beaten by what I considered to be a less good novel.<p>Wasn’t Penelope Fitzgerald’s …

Man Booker Prize

Not the Booker prize 2018 shortlist announced: time to start reading!

The votes have been cast and counted and we have an almost complete Not the Booker prize shortlist for 2018. Here are the five books moving through to the next stage of the competition, ranked by vote:<p>Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn (110)<br>Dark Pines by Will Dean (83)<br>Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca …

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'The English Patient' was voted the best book to win Booker Prize in 50 years

Michael Ondaatje's novel "The English Patient" won the Golden Man Booker Prize, a special award established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the prestigious British literary prize, on Sunday night.<p>"The English Patient" beat out four other books to claim the award, which was voted on by the …

He’s One of Brazil’s Greatest Writers. Why Isn’t Machado de Assis More Widely Read?

In life, he played the role of the bland bureaucrat but in the strange world of his fiction, everyone is slightly insane.<p>Most countries have a writer like him: the bearded eminence whose face adorns postage stamps, and whose name dignifies avenues, and whose Complete Works sit, undisturbed, on …

Donald Hall in The New Yorker

Donald Hall, a former U.S. Poet Laureate who contributed to <i>The New Yorker</i> for more than sixty years, died on Saturday, at the age of eighty-nine. Hall, who also wrote nonfiction and children’s books, wedded a candid, often droll style with a keenly humane sensitivity that made him a defining voice …

Donald Hall’s Lifework

In 2011, the poet Donald Hall—who passed away at his home in rural New Hampshire, on Saturday, at age eighty-nine—received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama, the highest award granted to an artist by the American government. For several years, I have kept the above photo of the …

The 5 Best Exercises at the Gym, According to Personal Trainers

Don’t hit the weight room again until these are on your to-do list.<p>Maybe you're new to working out. Maybe you've been working out for so long that you just realized you've been doing the <i>same six exercises</i> for the last three years. Or perhaps you were recently engaged in some next-level TRX workout …

Workouts

31 Products On Amazon With So Many 5-Star Reviews, You'd Be Silly Not To Take A Look

Crystal Pepsi. Google Glass. Segways. There's a lot of stuff out there that just never lived up to the hype. Not the case on Amazon though, where …

Without a Doubt, the 9 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime Will Change Your Life

If you're a regular MyDomaine reader, you've no doubt noticed I've been watching a lot of documentaries lately. In the past few months, I've scrolled …

25 must-see under-the-radar summer movies

25 must-see under-the-radar summer movies

2 First-Rate Suspense Novels Deliver Chills, Thrills — And Stunning Endgames

In the relaxed days of summer, critic Maureen Corrigan reflexively reaches for a mystery. This year, she's settling in with <i>The Dime,</i> by Kathleen Kent, and <i>The Death of Mrs. Westaway</i>, by Ruth Ware.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. For our book critic Maureen Corrigan, suspense and summer …

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Gorsuch just wrote an opinion so radical that Clarence Thomas wouldn’t join it

Not even Justice Thomas would sign onto the paean to the Gilded Age that Gorsuch enshrined in his most recent dissent.<p>For more than a quarter …

120,000 People Agree: This Sephora Brightening Serum Is Worth Every Cent

A hint of highlighter and swipe of concealer can work wonders to brighten a dull, uneven complexion, but makeup only offers a temporary topical glow. …

You'll Love Showing Off Your Sexy, Toned Arms After Doing These 40 Moves

Booty gains and a flat tummy are great and all, but don't forget about your arms! Strengthening your upper body will leave you feeling strong, confident, and sexy as hell. You don't need fancy equipment — many of these are bodyweight moves! Do them regularly and your right arm will be giving your …

Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light

“We stand as living monuments,” wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. “For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance.” For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as “living monuments” was to some extent figurative. …

Black History

24 Splurge-Worthy Beauty Products You'll Never Regret Spending The Money On

<i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.</i>

These Psychological Thrillers Will Have You on the Edge of Your Beach Towel

Summer, otherwise known as psychological thriller season, is almost upon us. Since we can't wait to hit the beach with a gripping read in one hand …

Make Your Garden Private With These Lovely Plant Ideas

Whether you love or hate your neighbors, you most certainly need space for your own adventures with your family that you do not want to share with …

4 Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothie Recipes You Should Make This Week For A Flat Stomach

We love making smoothies! They’re a great way to get protein, fiber and anti-inflammatory benefits in one pretty glass – all things you want to keep …

Healthy Eating

Want to Try the Whole30 Diet? Here's Everything You Can and Cannot Eat

With so many diets out there today, it can be overwhelming choosing the right nutrition regimen for yourself. If you're not sure which one to go with, the Whole30 plan might be a good place to start since it's only a 30-day commitment. The goal of the Whole30 diet is to eliminate certain food …

Losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives—the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath—she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance …

Pets

16 book recommendations for when you have absolutely no clue what you want to read

There's a funny thing that happens when you tell someone you write about books. Almost always, they immediately ask, "Do you have any book …

Books

No Offense, but These Are the Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

Many people eagerly anticipate Netflix putting out popular new series like <b>Stranger Things</b> and <b>Black Mirror</b>, but the streaming site also acquires a ton of freshly released movies and original films each year. And these films are nothing to sneeze at!<p>In the past few months alone, one of its newer …

The 5 Best Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature when no one is home to save you money every season. It can save energy and may even help …

Home Automation

What Melania & Trump's Hand-Holding Struggles Say About Their Marriage, According To Body Language Experts

This week, President Trump greeted French President Emmanuel Macron, who's in Washington for a three-day visit to the White House. Donald Trump, …

The One Anti-Inflammatory Drink You Should Have First Thing When You Wake Up In The Morning

The food and drink choices we make in the morning can set the stage for a day of great eating. Provided we’re selecting the right anti-inflammatory …

Antiinflammatory

Mohsin Hamid's 'Exit West' Wins First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize

<b>Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET</b><p>Five works of fiction entered Tuesday night with the chance to win the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize. As stories of immigrants and refugees, past hardships and hopes for the future, these novels and short story collections contain multitudes — but they also share …

Books to Read if You Love Greek or Roman Mythology

This list of books about Greek or Roman mythology is sponsored by Little, Brown and Company, publisher of <i>Circe</i> by Madeline Miller.<p>In the house of …

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