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31 Gift Ideas for People Who Bloody Love Swearing

My mother always had a beautifully cultivated sailor's mouth. And just about as soon as I could speak in full sentences, it was clear she had passed …

Buttery Herbed Dinner Rolls — Bake-Ahead Batches

These tender rolls, flecked with fresh herbs, are a total crowd-pleaser.<p>It may sound funny, but yeasted dough takes my breath away. It always has. …

These Celebrities' Favorite Books Might Just Be Your New Picks

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a book you can sink into. Might we suggest one of these celebrity go-tos, just in time for Book...

16 Books You Should Read This November

<b>Swing Time, Zadie Smith</b> <b><br>(Penguin Press)</b><p>I cannot wait to re-enter Zadie Smith’s world of frenetic words and perfect sentences, the energetic ride you …

9 books all introverts need to read immediately

Autumn is the best time to curl up with a good book. The chilly weather has us busting out the hot lattes, warm sweaters, and cozy blankets — all …

Man Booker prize 2016: the fine line between fiction and literature

On 25 October, the Guildhall should witness one of contemporary English-language fiction’s good nights. The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker prize is among the best, and most confident, of recent years. Chaired by Amanda Foreman, the jury will be choosing from a distinctive slate of new writers, …

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19 Wonderful Short Books and Stories to Read Now

<i>This week we’re providing a series of Vulture Hacks: expert advice, gear guides, and recommendations to help you maximize your entertainment</i> …

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All 88 Of The Books On The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reading List That You Really Need To Read

Rory would approve<p>Over the course of beloved television series <i>Gilmore Girls</i>, one thing became crystal clear: Rory Gilmore really loves to read. While viewers didn't need to be particularly perceptive to pick up on this personality trait, it did take a certain kind of viewer, one with an obsessive …

20 great UK walks with pubs, chosen by nature writers

1 Grassington, Yorkshire dales<p><b>Length: 11miles<br>Time: 5</b>½ <b>hours<br>Start/finish: Grassington National Park Centre (Google</b><b>map</b><b>/OS Explorer OL2)<br>Grade: Moderate<br>Refuel: Craven Arms, Appletreewick</b><p>Anyone who grows up in or around the Yorkshire dales ends up carrying it with them. There’s something about the …

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10 Movie Adaptations Of Best-Selling Novels To Look Forward To

‘The Girl on the Train’ is just the beginning<p>Because Hollywood loves nothing more than existing intellectual property with built-in audiences, studios have been adapting best-selling novels since almost as long as movies have existed. <i>All Quiet on the Western Front</i>, which won a Best Picture Oscar in …

10 books everyone between 18 and 30 should read

It's no secret that people of all ages love reading Young Adult (YA) books even though they're meant for ages 12 to 18, but New Adult (NA) fiction is the best genre you've never heard of.<p>NA deals with common themes of self-discovery, emerging independence, and complicated relationships, but without …

Writing a Novel in a Month - NaNoWriMo Prep

Streamlining your writing process is useful. Whether you’re gearing up for a novel-writing challenge such as NaNoWriMo, or simply have a personal …

Writing

Top 15 Green Home Improvements and their Costs – DIY Green Living Ideas

Home energy efficiency is both a journey and an objective. The objective is as simple as going Green. You optimize the resources of your home while …

The 3 Banned Books That Have Immeasurably Shaped My Life

“It was a pleasure to burn.”<p>Even now, when I read it, the first sentence of <i>Fahrenheit 451</i> gives rise to goosebumps. No one sentence from any novel …

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This Whiz Kid is Using Orange Peels to Counteract the Drought

The teen's discovery earned her a $50,000 prize.<p>Most people look at an orange peel as fodder for the trash can; Kiara Nirghin, a teenaged schoolgirl …

7 Life-Changing Essays You Need to Read NOW

When the only thing longer than your to-do list is the novel on your bedside table, but you don't want to settle for bad television, an essay will …

60-Second Book Review: What Happens After the Robots Take All Our Jobs?

The specter of technology automating all our jobs has loomed over American discourse for so long it feels as if it must be exaggerated. But <i>Economist</i> …

The 9 best fantasy book series

There may have been a time when fantasy novels were the stuff of bookworms and nerds, but in the past 20 years, tales of witches, elves, magic, and …

How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

Her father was a thief, her mother a drunk, but Billie Livingston was determined to be a writer. She succeeded, then it got hard, and then the magic …

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This graphic novel shares the badassery of women in science

Women’s history shouldn’t just be reserved for the month of March, nor should it be found solely in dusty, old textbooks.<p><i>Women in Science: 50</i> …

The Girl on the Train: how Paula Hawkins wrote ‘the new Gone Girl’

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins review – a skilful memory-loss thriller<p>Read more<p>Looking back, it helped that Paula Hawkins wrote The Girl on the Train with growing urgency and dread verging on panic – because that feeling seeped into her novel. The book, she says, “felt like the last roll of …

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5 Books That Will Make You Happier, According to Bibliotherapists

A book a day keeps the doctor away?<p>We're all familiar with the way a book can help us temporarily escape from reality, but did you know that reading books can literally act as therapy?<p>That's right: Reading therapy, aka bibliotherapy, is the latest psychological fad. According to bibliotherapist …

You should read this female writer's book next, based on your zodiac sign

Now that September is here, our brains are in FALL MODE. In other words, we’re fantasizing about cuddling up underneath a knit blanket, and reading …

'The Girl on the Train' and 7 more books you should read before the movie

If you haven't picked up your copy of "The Girl on the Train," you're already behind the curve. Lauded as the "next 'Gone Girl'," the psychological thriller debuted at No. 1 on the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list and it's motion picture adaptation, starring Emily Blunt, is one …

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Violinist Stirling says new album 'Brave Enough' therapeutic

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American violinist Lindsey Stirling deals with love and loss in new album "Brave Enough", with overcoming adversity the backdrop for her latest work following a year that included her best friend's death and a cancer diagnosis for her father.<p>The title track was the first the …

New Albums

The 15 best honeymoon destinations in the U.S.

Travel to these honeymoon destinations in the U.S. and spend the cash you save on international airfare towards one (or three) of the most romantic …

Santa Cruz

The 5 Must-Read Books for the Last Five Weeks of Summer

From the buzzy coming-of-age story to the current-events commentary, here’s what should be in your beach bag—best-seller lists be-damned.<p>Summer’s a cruel season. What you think will be a time filled with carefree days of whimsy somehow snowballs into a never-ending to-do list of exasperating travel …

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Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9x9-inch baking dish with butter; set aside.<p>Bring a large pot of salted …