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The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List

<i>By Laura Woods, Contributor</i><p>While you relax in the sun by the pool this summer, make the most of your free time by checking out 25 of the hottest, newest and best-selling personal finance books. Learn how to catapult yourself to success and better manage your funds so that you can have even more …

Self-improvement

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

Cook Out

Nature Anatomy: A Glorious Illustrated Love Letter to Curiosity and the Magic of Our World

A loving celebration of sunsets and salamanders, ferns and feathers, mountains and mushrooms, and the whole enchanting aliveness in between.<p><i>“A writer is a professional observer,”</i> Susan Sontag noted in her spectacular lecture on literature. So is any great storyteller — including the artist. After …

Thoreau on Hard Work, the Myth of Productivity, and the True Measure of Meaningful Labor

“Those who work much do not work hard.”<p><b>The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837–1861</b> (<i>public library</i>) is the closest thing I have to a bible — I read it frequently and devotedly, always with great gratitude for the enduring wisdom that brings me closer to what I know to be true but so often forget. …

D.T. Suzuki on What Freedom Really Means and How Zen Can Help Us Cultivate Our Character

“The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.”<p>Alan Watts may be credited with popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, but he owes the entire trajectory of his life and legacy to a single encounter with the Zen Buddhist sage <b>D.T. Suzuki</b> (October 18, 1870–July 12, 1966) — one …

Meditation

Take Away the A: An Unusual Illustrated Alphabet Book about How We Make Meaning

As a lover of unusual alphabet books, I was gladdened by this year’s crop of particularly wonderful additions, including Maira Kalman’s imaginative design history primer, <i>Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag</i> and Oliver Jeffers’s magnificent short stories for the letters, <i>Once Upon an Alphabet</i>. Joining them is <b>Take Away</b> …

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

'Tis the season for gold stickers on fresh book covers. Here's our lowdown on the best of the best.<p>I Am Malala<p>By Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb<p>464 …

Books

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? <i>“Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there</i> …

The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

Now that the holidays are creeping around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. …

Exercise

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

Legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written beautifully about why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life and Susan Sontag contemplated the creative purpose of boredom. Perhaps we understand this intellectually, but we — now more than ever, it seems — have a profound …

The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

Developed at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs …

"Avoid" Browser Plugin Blocks Out Clothing Made by Child Laborers

If there’s one thing you don’t want weighing down your online shopping cart, it’s the more than 73 million child laborers who toil under inhumane …

Macy's

Lather Up With Beautycounter's Dreamy New Kidscounter Nontoxic Bath Collection

When we bathe our kids, the goal is to get them squeaky clean sans chemicals and toxins, yet we know all too well that the marketplace is rife with …

Hedgehog Cookies

Shares 0<p>Unlike the real woodland creatures, these chocolate-coated hedgehogs dwell on snack plates and cookie trays. These little guys are fun to …

Hedgehogs

Paint and Read Early Literacy Activity

Shares 0<p>This painting activity is so much fun and provides wonderful reading practice. It can be adapted for beginning readers or advanced …

Painting

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. We owe much of today’s mainstream adoption of …

R2D2 Cup

Shares 3<p>Turn a paper cup into R2D2. It makes a wonderful table decoration for a Star Wars themed party and is equally great for everyday fun. When …

Crafting

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …