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26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School

"I was born with a reading list I will never finish." —Maud Casey

15 Ways to Make a Stranger's Day Better in Less Than 1 Minute

A STRANGER IS JUST A FRIEND YOU HAVEN'T MET YET.<p><b>1. Leave a dollar in a vending machine.</b> Boom. Free candy bar for the next person who comes along. Everyone loves free candy, even if (or maybe especially) if they just think it was at the cost of someone else's oversight.<p><b>2. Share your umbrella.</b> Is it …

An Old-Fashioned House Gets a Dose of Seaside Glamour

Inside a colorful Bahamas home.<p>You wouldn't have looked twice — it was a builder's special with too much Sheetrock and not enough chic. Then Amanda Lindroth came along and injected this Bahamas house with just the right amount of color, pattern, and seaside glamour to bring it to life.

Interior Design

17 Ways To Use Just About Everything In Your Kitchen BETTER

These kitchen tricks will make cooking SO much easier. This piece originally appeared on<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through …


World War Z

• <b>Author:</b> Max Brooks<p>We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, <i>World War Z</i>, a #1 <i>New</i> …


It’s no secret I love flowers – in my apartment, on my desk, or as a pattern on my dress. Pressing fresh flowers is a great way to preserve their natural beauty, and by decorating your phone case with them, you can showcase their vivid colors and add a little touch of nature to an otherwise …