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The Best Fiction Books Of 2017

It's been a tough year — but a great one for books.<p>In 2017, the cultural conversation has been dominated by the constant churn of political news. But, as always, we found comfort and inspiration in books.<p>Fiction can offer an escape, but also new insight into the problems that plague us in the real …

Is The New York Times vs. The Washington Post vs. Trump the Last Great Newspaper War?

Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships. One has greater global reach and fifth-generation family ownership; the other has Jeff Bezos as its deep-pocketed proprietor and a technological advantage. …

10 Must-Visit National Parks In The USA And Canada

Advertisement<p>Image: Supplied<p><b>Skip the concrete jungle and head into the great outdoors to bask in some of Uncle Sam’s best work.</b><p>The natural beauty of …

I Tried All Of The Newest Halo Top Flavors So You Don't Have To

But you should, anyway.<p>September 01, 2017<p>The health food Gods have blessed us with Halo Top- a low calorie, low sugar, and high protein ice cream …

25 Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Books have the power to inspire our imagination, transport us to faraway worlds, and make us think and feel deeply. Luckily, bibliophiles of all ages …

Questions for Me About Dying

A few months back, I was invited to take part in a program for ABC television called “You Can’t Ask That.” The premise of the show is that there are taboo subjects about which it is difficult to have an open and honest conversation, death being one of them. The producer of the program explained …

7 Clean, 5-Ingredient Sauces That Are Perfect Alternatives To Ketchup

Just about everyone loves ketchup. But that doesn't mean you should squeeze the stuff on anything and everything. Seriously, it's in your best interest to branch out, people. Not only is the beloved burger topper loaded with sugar, after a while the flavor becomes plain boring. Plus, shaking things …

Healthy Eating

The 11 Best Books To Read This June

Read me!<p>Yes, finally: It's June. This means it's summer. This means it's Gemini season. And Geminis, as we all know, are super verbally adept and intellectual (well, with one notable exception), so that means they're big readers. (We repeat, with one notable exception.) So it's in honor of the …

The Chicken Katsu Recipe Every Kid (and Adult) Will Love

Chicken katsu is the cutlet for everyone, at any time.<p>Every Sunday night, my wife and I take our son, Marlon, to the sushi spot down the block from our apartment. But he never gets sushi. Instead, he always asks the waitress for his usual: “Cranberry juice on the rocks and chicken katsu, please.”<p>I …

Recipes

The 3-Ingredient Pizza Crust That Rocks Our World

If you've ever made your own pizza crust, it was probably either for a special occasion or during a cooking class. It just feels so... gourmet. Which …

10 Books To Wake Up Your Book Club

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p><b>Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century</b> by Chuck Klosterman<p>“Even those who only dimly remember Royce White, Pavement, or Gnarls Barkley will find the reflections on them engaging.” …

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

Meditation

Science Says 1 Minute of This Kind of Exercise May Equal 45 Minutes of Jogging | Inc.com

The short- and long-term benefits of exercise are absurdly well-documented. Exercise lowers your cholesterol, boosts your mood, decreases your stress, and increases your flexibility (plus about a zillion other good things).<p>In an increasingly packed daily schedule, though, carving out the time to …

Exercise

47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

The provocative artist and poet shares her list.<p>Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the …

25 things to do during the inauguration if you're afraid of the Trump presidency.

Inauguration Day is upon us. Soon, President Barack Obama will sail off into the sunset, and Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as our new commander in …

The 10 Most Thrilling Netflix Originals Coming in 2017

From a female-focused wrestling drama to a suburban zombie comedy, these are the shows you’ll be bingeing this year.<p>A new year means new beginnings, new resolutions, and new opportunities to change your life. If you’re <b>Ted Sarandos</b>, the chief content officer of Netflix, it also means coming up with …

Parker's Split Pea Soup

Now Playing<p>Ina's Parmesan Chicken 04:10<p>Ina tops her hot, crispy Parmesan Chicken with a fresh green salad.<p>Now Playing<p>Snowy Pink Coconut Bundt Cake …

Netflix Has Secret Codes for Finding Super Specific TV and Movie Categories

If you thought Netflix couldn’t get any better, you’re in for a surprise. There’s an entire website dedicated to making your binge-watching sessions …

27 Books Every Woman In America Should Read

These novels, essay collections, memoirs, histories, and more will help you understand why there is no feminism without intersectionality, why we should remember our history before we repeat it, and why Roe v. Wade is a lot more tenuous than you might think.

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Tip<p>Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?<p>There are several reasons Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. The date is nine months after March 25, a …

27 Brilliant New Books You Need To Read This Winter

Recommended reading from January to March. UK release dates.

The Best Children’s Books of 2016

From love to mortality to the lives of Einstein and Louise Bourgeois, by way of silence and the color of the wind.<p>In his meditation on the three ways of writing for children and the key to authenticity in all writing, C.S. Lewis admonished against treating children, in literature or life, as “a …

21 Clever Tips For Anyone Wrapping Presents This Year

Organize, wrap, decorate, done.

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The Best of Brain Pickings 2017<p>The courage to be yourself, a Stoic’s antidote to anxiety, how friendship transforms us, in praise of solitude, and more.<p>read article<p>7 Favorite Science Books of 2017<p>From trees to consciousness to black holes, an immersion into the glory of the knowable and the …

American teens are getting hooked on fiction by text message

<b>Ella:</b> RU there? I’m in trouble <b><br>Ella:</b> Pls answer me. <b><br>Ella:</b> Pls, pls, pls, pls, pls<p><b>Jacob:</b> I’m here. Whats up? U OK?<p><b>Ella:</b> No. I’m in serious trouble.<p><b>Jacob:</b> Why? Where RU?<p><b>Ella:</b> IDK. I think I’ve been kidnapped.<p>This dialog is popping up on half a million devices in the US, and it’s not spam. The texts are …

The 9 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches Inspired by the 2016 Election

In a 2016 presidential race that at times felt more like parody than reality, "Saturday Night Live" managed to mine for laughs of its own and strike comedy gold.<p>Much of the credit for the iconic sketch comedy show's success this election season goes to fan favorite Kate McKinnon's take on Hillary …

How to Get Stunning Macro Photos with Your Mobile Phone

If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram or Flickr and seen an incredible close-up photograph of a flower, insect, or even jewelry, you may have …