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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 27, 2014 : NPR

Book News: George Saunders Wins The Story Prize

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>George Saunders has won the $20,000 Story Prize for his collection <i>Tenth of December</i>. "George Saunders offers a vision and version of our world that takes into account the serious menace all around us without denying …

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 6, 2014 : NPR

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 6, 2014 : NPR

'Boy, Snow, Bird' Takes A Closer Look Into The Fairy Tale Mirror

<i>Boy, Snow, Bird</i> reimagines the traditional <i>Snow White</i> fairy tale. Helen Oyeyemi's new novel explores beauty, envy and identity in New England in the 1950s — race and skin color shape the characters' experiences.<p>The wicked stepmother in this story is named Boy; the fair beauty is Snow. The birth of …

What to Wear at a Casual Office: 5 Work-to-Happy-Hour Outfit Ideas, From Newcomer Brand 424 Fifth

Coming up with work outfit ideas can be tricky, especially if you work in a creative environment with various ideas of what is "work-appropriate," am I right? Luckily for those of us who deal with that on a daily basis, Lord & Taylor's new private label, 424 Fifth, recently released its spring …

The 65 Best Online Shopping Sites to Buy From

Get your clicking finger at the ready.<p>Shopping online can mean wading through endless Google Shopping results, or scrolling through old-faithfuls like Zara, without knowing where else to turn. To help you fulfill all your shopping wants (needs?) this season, we've created the definitive list of the …

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23 Problems Only Gluten-Free People Understand

Don't mind me, I'm just drinking wine at this tailgate.<p>Getty<p><b>1. You have to read the ingredients label on every single thing</b> before you put it in your mouth. (Peppermint Altoids whyyy do you have wheat?!)<p><b>2. The bread.</b><p><b>3. Going out to dinner involves a lot of eating salad.</b> With oil and vinegar, …

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60 Summer Cocktail Recipes You Can Make at Home

Let happy hour be every hour with these warm-weather concoctions.<p>Let's be honest, there's almost nothing better in summer than the supreme chill of a tall cocktail on a hot day. To get you in the spirit of summer, try one of these zesty drinks that only require a few steps to whip up at home.

What They Didn't Tell You About Surviving Cancer

Finishing treatment, survivors find, is just the beginning of lifestyle adjustments and reevaluated priorities that fall into place in the post-chemo year.<p>It was a hungover morning in Las Vegas when Kathryn McPeake noticed a lump in her chest—again. "I had just gotten my hair back and was feeling …

All the Prettiest Things About Paris

Les croissants! Les macarons! Le Tour Eiffel! Tout le monde!<p>I've always had a thing for Paris—haven't we all? For me, I'll admit it all started with <i>Passport to Paris</i>, the 1999 direct-to-video movie starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. My full-on obsession grew after watching films like <i>The Red</i> …

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Shoe Trend: The Sneaker

How to Get Flawless Makeup In Less Than 10 Minutes

Go from PJs to polished in under 10 by doing the bare minimum at home — and adding a few discreet touches at work.<p>These products go on fast, require zero precision, and work their magic during your commute.<p><b>Quench skin.</b> You know how you crave water in the a.m.? Your skin's desperate for a drink too …

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The Reason Why Your Skin Sucks Right Now

And how to fix it!<p>We're stuck in that crazy phase where winter is almost over, but it's not quite spring. It's kind of like when Britney Spears was not a girl, not yet a woman. One day it's sunny, and the next day it's snowing. One week it's 60 degrees, the next week it's polar vortex status, and …

5 Jackets Every Girl Needs

With spring fast approaching, it's time to consider no-fuss outerwear<p>Spring is the perfect season for tracking down one key piece you can wear with everything, day in and day out. And for that exact reason, the jacket, from leather to denim, bomber to varsity, is the ideal piece to covet.

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12 Weird Things Women Do When They're Alone

Sex and the City coined it our "secret single behavior," but women have been doing strange things since take-out and sweatpants were invented.<p><b>1. Somersault off the couch to go the bathroom.</b> Weird, I know, but it's fun and it gets me there faster. No other human has ever seen me do this but hey, I …

Dress Codes Decoded: How to Look Killer for Every Occasion

Look killer for every occasion.<p>It's almost spring (who's counting the days?!) and the fancy invites and Paperless Post emails will soon be flooding your mailboxes. As much as you're looking forward to the weddings and soirées, the fine print is another story entirely. Never fear, we've broken down …

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The Princeton Mom's Media Appearances are Just Getting Worse

Oh no.<p>Author Susan Patton, better known as the "Princeton Mom," has been making the media rounds this week promoting her new book <i>Marry Smart</i>, in which she argues that women in college should be spending 75 percent of their time looking for a mate.<p>Patton caused a firestorm last year after she …

11 Cheese and Cracker Recipes That Will Change Your Life

"Cheese and crackers" are soooo overdone. Meticulously arranged plates, weird knives, a scattering of grapes: boring. So instead, here are 11 recipes that will make everyone think you're the second coming of the Barefoot Contessa. Recipes all make 12 crackers.<p><b>1. Bruschetta Crackers</b><p>Yes, bruschetta …

10 Reasons Your Style Is...Romantic

Are ruffles a way of life? If you can relate to all of the below, you might be a hopeless romantic. Plus, see if you are a boho or a classicist.<p>1) Chloé, both then and now, is your designer addiction. You've continuously coveted pieces from the house that Gaby Aghion built throughout Stella, …

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Catherine Deneuve Shares Her Secrets To Aging Gracefully

She's 70 years old and still modeling with Kate Moss.<p>Catherine Deneuve has been known as one of France's most beautiful, elegant actresses ever since she made her screen debut in 1956's <i>Les Collegiennes</i>. Decades later, the 70-year-old's career isn't slowing down, with her newest film <i>On My Way</i> …

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