Jill McCortney Harris

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How a Book Becomes the Book of the Summer

Most summers have a book of the summer, though not all do. We had <i>Gone Girl</i> in 2012, but I’m not convinced 2013 had a book of the summer. It’s hard to …

Why I Kiss My Patients

I started kissing patients in med school. And I haven't stopped.<p>During my third-year pediatric rotation, I would stay up late at night in the hospital, holding sick and dying children. I'd lift them from their cribs, kiss them, and sing to them, rocking them back and forth until they fell asleep. …

56 Movies Guaranteed To Make You Ugly Cry

Do not watch any of these films without an entire box of tissues handy. WARNING: Spoilers and major tears ahead.

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The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction

AA and rehab culture have shockingly low success rates, and made it impossible to have real debate about addiction<p>Alcoholics Anonymous is a part of our nation’s fabric. In the seventy-six years since AA was created, 12-step programs have expanded to include over three hundred different …

Bread & Butter

A real-life atrocity that gets us to look at issues bigger than ourselves, a love story set along the Coney Island boardwalk and other tales we …

Letting Go, Trusting, and Allowing Yourself to Be Happy and Free

<b>“Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p>First, let’s be clear about something…<p>Surrender is <i>not</i> …

The 27 Cheesiest Photos Of 2013

WARNING: The amount of cheese in these photos may be overwhelming to some. Please view with caution.


The Best of 52 Books in 52 Weeks

So what seems like a million years ago I started this project to read 52 bestsellers in 52 weeks. Along the way, I've had a great group of readers reading along with me on Facebook and Goodreads. Recently, I asked them to let me know what their favorite reads this year were, and here are the …

23 Outrageously Delicious Cookies To Bake Right Now

It's time to celebrate Bake Cookies Day, arguably the best holiday of the ENTIRE YEAR.


29 Books To Get You Through Your Quarter-Life Crisis

They will empower and inspire you. Books: They do a body good.


17 Holiday Drinks That Are Even Better Than Eggnog

Looks like you know what you're getting for the holidays.

These Amazing Classic Books Are So Short You Have No Excuse Not To Read Them

As Books Editors, we set aside more designated reading time than most people do. Still, even we are daunted by copies of<p><i>The Goldfinch</i> looming on our desks. Once we embark on a bulky book, will we have time for anything else (including, but not limited to, reading other books)?<p>Sometimes, especially …

Are You 'Exactly Where You Are Meant to Be?'

There is a prayer* (see note) that endlessly travels the web. It contains the line <i>"May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be."</i> Depending on your life, situation, or the day you're having when you run across this line, it may lift your spirits or crush them. Personally, I feel …

25 Cheesy Dips That Will Make You Swoon

Nothing is more alluring than a bowl of silky, molten cheese. Just sitting amongst a pile of chips, waiting to be devoured.

Common Core Is Common Sense, Not a Government Takeover

I've read just about as much as I can about Common Core. I've sat through days of staff development in which very smart people talk for a very long time. I've pored over scores of documents that attempt to capture and define Common Core. I've watched my colleagues wrestle with it, test it, and …

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

Well that was weird.<p>I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was.<p>If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire, mixed in <i>The Truman Show</i> and then made the whole …

How to Find Love After Divorce

Three years ago, at the age of 31, I separated from my husband and divorced. Thus far, it ranks as the most frightening decision of my life and coincidentally, the one that set me free.<p>The most difficult part of ending a marriage is leaving behind the companionship and partnership (fulfilling or …