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What to read next? A summer book list like no other

So many books, so little time, and, worst of all, so little space. It is a privilege to write for The Washington Post every week, particularly given my eclectic — some would say eccentric — tastes. Yet for every title I review, there are a half dozen I would like to cover and cannot. I am allocated …

Books

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

Online Education

The 100 novels Americans love the most, based on a survey of thousands

In 2018, Michael Wolff’s <i>Fire and Fury</i> and James Comey’s <i>A Higher Loyalty</i> have captured US readers with juicy insights into the Trump White House. But what books bring Americans deep, blithe pleasure?<p>Starting in May, PBS will run a series called <i>The Great American Read</i>, in which journalist Meredith …

Literature

15 beauty products on Amazon with a cult following

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Buying makeup and …

Skin Care

5 Questions Truly Exceptional Bosses Ask Their Employees

Why performance evaluations suck.<p>Performance reviews suck. Why?<p>Well, doing these reviews is like trying to drive forward, while keeping your eyes trained on your rear view mirror. You won't get anywhere. And you might just get into accidents!<p>Here's what I mean: you're hoping that your employees …

Employment

How to lose underarm 'batwing' fat

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chances are, if you are a woman over 40, you are probably familiar with the term "batwings" to describe the stubborn fat and sagging skin that starts appearing under your upper arms around this age.<p>Though it's difficult to completely avoid or correct, you don't have to toss your tank tops …

Workouts

9 Fiction Podcasts That Are Just As Entertaining As Any Audiobook

I've always wanted to be an "audiobook" kind of person. There is something so appealing, so capable, about taking in a literary experience while …

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

Stranger Things

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Mini Scones

For the scones: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.<p>Sift together the flour, granulated …

Natchitoches Meat Pies

Hearty handheld bites that have become a Louisiana tradition<p>The savory hand pies from Natchitoches (That’s “NACK-<br>A-TUSH”), Louisiana—perhaps best known as the setting for the movie Steel Magnolias—are not unlike the empanadas of Spain and Latin America. Filled with ground beef sautéed with the holy …

An oniony tarte tatin is one-pan heaven, and easier than you think

Here's an ease-into-fall appetizer that will make you look like a culinary rock star — even with entry-level skills and not much time to spend in the kitchen. You build the dish from the bottom up, starting the caramelization of onions on the stove top. Pinches of pungent cheese nestle into the …

Baking

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

The Crunch-Less Abs Workout That Sculpts Your Stomach In All The Right Places

Almost every woman who has taken a barre class will tell you the same thing: <i>It hurts so good.</i><p>That’s because the ballet-inspired fitness class firms up hard-to-tone zones using low-impact, form-focused movements. The result is a slow, deep muscle burn from head to toe.<p>Now you can pair that deep …

23 Books Guaranteed To Give You That Summer Feeling

"The locations alone make you want to pack up and travel all summer long."<p>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Books

At Last, a Cookie You Can Eat for Breakfast

You already know the nutritional benefits of oats, from lowering bad cholesterol to controlling your appetite, and I'm guessing you've got your go-to …

Slow Cooker Beef Chili Recipe

<i>This slow cooker beef chili is easy as can be to make, satisfying beyond words to taste. All you do is dump the familiar chili ingredients in a</i> …

Cooking

This Cinnamon Pecan Pie Recipe Is Literally Holiday Crack

If you didn’t know — I LOVE pie. My last meal would be made up of pies — savory breakfast quiches, potpies, pizza pies and, of course, tons and tons of sweet pies. I recently came across this cinnamon bun crust hack on Pinterest and my heart skipped a beat. I am here to let you all know that this …

3 Stretches You Should Do Every Day

Throughout the fall and winter months, it's easy to let your post-work exercise routine devolve into lifting a full glass of wine to your mouth and …

Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Chimichangas

<b>Ingredients</b><p>Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork<p>1/4 cup granulated sugar<br>• 1/4 cup sweet paprika<br>• 2½ tablespoons salt<br>• 1 tablespoon granulated garlic<br>• 1 tablespoon granulated onion<br>• 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar<br>• 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano<br>• 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander<br>• 1/2 tablespoon cumin<br>• 1 tablespoon chili powder<br>• 1/4 …

A 15-Minute Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Super short workouts can be very effective for building strength and cardio endurance. This time-efficient bodyweight workout from DAREBEE doesn’t …

Potato Lasagna Recipe by Tasty

Ingredients<p>for 4 servings<p>5 potatoes, peeled<br>• 2 teaspoons salt<br>• 1 teaspoon pepper<br>• 8 slices ham<br>• 7 slices mozzarella cheese<br>• 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled<br>• ¼ cup (10 g) fresh parsley, chopped<br>• 2 cups (200 g) shredded mozzarella cheese<br>• 1 cup (235 mL) heavy cream<br>• 2 eggs<p>Preparation<p>Preheat oven to 350°F …

Eggs

How to make the perfect cheese scones

I love scones. I love the neat little ones you find on porcelain cake stands at places where they still take afternoon tea seriously, and I love tearing straight into a batch of sultana-studded numbers warm and fluffy from the oven. I love them with a fat garnet of raspberry jam, and I love them …

Breakfast

This Fat-Burning Kettlebell Workout Only Has 2 Moves

Training with kettlebells is a really effective way to build power and burn serious calories at the gym. That's why fitness expert Mike Donavanik, …

You Must Try This Genius 2-Ingredient Homemade Frosting

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this creamy, kid-approved frosting.<p>A few months ago cookbook writer, recipe developer, and mom-of-three Genevieve Ko came to our offices to share a few treats from her new cookbook <i>Better Baking</i>, a gorgeous book featuring better-for-you baked goods. My …

37 Books With Plot Twists That Will Blow Your Mind

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Books

5 Yoga Poses To Do Tonight That Will Help You Ace Tomorrow

Because a good day starts with a good night 🌚<p>After a busy and stressful day, what should be one of life’s simplest actions can often feel like the most difficult: falling asleep. If your thoughts are racing and your body is tense, getting high-quality, restorative sleep may seem impossible.<p>Enter …

Yoga

7 Make-Ahead Dinners Under 400 Calories For When You're Too Busy To Cook

<b>These tasty meals will make life so much easier.</b><p><i>For SELF, by Audrey Bruno.</i><p>After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is spend hours preparing a meal. That's why busy days can often lead to late dinners and lots of takeout.<p>These recipes are here to help you take a load off. The meals …

57 small things you can do every day to be happier and more successful

1. Assume people have good intentions.<p>Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.<p>2. Avoid using …

Self-help