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12 Lesser-Known Books By Famous Authors That Every True Book-Lover Should Read Once

As book-lovers, we all have our faves: those novels we read over and over again, the memoirs that never fail us, thrillers that leave us lingering in …

Victor Hugo’s frustrating, beautiful Les Misérables was completed on this date in 1862

Victor Hugo, the subject of today’s Google Doodle, is one of the most beloved authors that most Americans have never read.<p>Most know the bare outlines of the plot of <i>Les Mis</i><i>é</i><i>rables</i>, Hugo’s most celebrated work, whose last chapter was published on this date in 1862. They know why the virtuous former …

Literature

I thought nothing in Russia could shock me. Then I went to a television broadcast | Angus Roxburgh

I was interrogated for seven hours and saw random people arrested. But the orchestrated hate and xenophobia I witnessed at Channel One was truly chilling<p>It takes a lot to shock me in Russia, after 45 years of studying it. But this month my blood ran cold. Not because I watched innocent kids being …

An Animated Introduction to Stoicism, the Ancient Greek Philosophy That Lets You Lead a Happy, Fulfilling Life

Forever known, it seems, as keeping a “stiff upper lip,” Stoicism—like its predecessor, Cynicism—is an ancient school of Greek philosophy that has …

Pear Crisps - The Washington Post

This recipe turns one simple ingredient into a fun treat with surprisingly complex layers of taste and a crunchy, yet chewy, chiplike texture.<p>The crisps are wonderful as a snack on their own, as a healthful dessert to tuck into a lunchbox, as an elegant alternative to crackers for serving with …

Roasted Halibut With Citrus Wine Sauce - The Washington Post

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.<p>Brush the bottom of a shallow baking dish with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil, arrange the fish in the dish, then brush the tops of the fish with another 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil. Season the fish with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and all of the pepper. Roast until just …

Southwest-Style Turkey Hash With Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce - The Washington Post

Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are given a Southwestern spin in this hash, loaded with an assortment of vegetables including bell peppers, celery, onions, sweet potatoes, red potatoes and tomatoes.<p>Serve it to your holiday weekend guests.<p>Make Ahead: The hash can be refrigerated in an airtight …

Pink Bean Dip - The Washington Post

This dip makes an ideal snack, or even a meal, as it's packed with protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. The beet is more for color than flavor, so don't expect a strong beet taste. Whipped smooth, the mixture becomes the perfect vehicle for kids to dip raw carrots or chips.<p>Make Ahead: The dip …

Multiple Narratives Mean Non-Stop Action In 'The Child'

Some books tell you a great deal, while other books show even more. I'm happy to report that Fiona Barton's second novel, <i>The Child</i>, falls firmly into the second camp. That's not because of the usual "show, don't tell" dictum that so many novelists hear from instructors, but because Barton has a …

Books

Weeknight Bolognese

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sirloin and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden …

A definitive work on Marianne Moore and other best poetry to read this month

<b>New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore</b> (FSG), edited by Heather Cass White, gives readers a fresh perspective on the legacy of Marianne Moore, considered one of America’s most influential modernist poets. Moore, whose awards included a Pulitzer Prize, was hailed for her precise language, penetrating …

How People Like You Fuel Extremism

Discussing politics in groups of similarly minded people can be enough to stoke polarization—a frightening prospect in an era of social media.<p>For Cass Sunstein, a challenge that social media poses to democracy was clarified by a social-science experiment that he conducted in two different …

Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something

The ways some “healthy voice hearers” cope might be able to help people with psychotic disorders.<p>Jessica Dorner was lying in bed at her cousin’s house when her grandmother, a “pushy lady” in an apron who had been dead for several years, appeared in front of her. “I know you can see me,” Jessica …

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Popular Fiction

1. DO — WRITE A PAGE EVERY DAYThat’s about 200 words, or 1,000 words a week. Do that for two years and you’ll have a novel that’s long enough.Nothing …

Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to …

Researchers have reevaluated the age at which you officially become “old”

Aging should be based on the number of years people are likely to live in a given country in the 21st century, say researchers. By that logic, 70 may be the new 60.<p>The new study also predicts an end to population aging in the United States and other countries before the end of the …

Demographics

To preserve mental acuity into old age, experts suggest focusing on these three things

Preventing the diseases we fear most as we age is rarely a sure or simple matter. But for those determined to slow mental decline and drive down the likelihood of developing dementia, researchers have reached a rare consensus around a trio of straightforward strategies: Engage your brain (but …

Dementia

How the Meaning of Old Age Is Changing

By the <i>Stony Brook University</i><p>By Livia Gershon in <i>Aeon</i><p>By Katie Heaney in the <i>Science of Us</i><p>By Cameron Reed in <i>Defense One</i><p>By Emily Mullin in <i>the MIT</i> …

Stony Brook University

How To Live Longer: 5 Unusual Things That Boost Life Expectancy

During the epic journey toward the Fountain of Youth — the mythical pool of water that stops the aging process — men and women buy expensive skin …

Carolyn Hax: She’s upset that her sister hasn’t designated her as her baby’s guardian

<i>Dear Carolyn: My sister is expecting. She called to inform me she has chosen her 23-year-old, childless sister-in-law to be her baby’s guardian if anything should happen to her.</i><p><i>Her reason for not choosing me is my son. He has ADHD, learning disabilities and depression. He has threatened us in the</i> …

Joshua Ferris: ‘Good fiction is a recapitulation of a dream’

The American author on humour in his fiction, the benefit of having a spouse as your sternest critic, and why short stories are as difficult to write as novels<p><b>US writer Joshua Ferris, 42, is the author of three novels including Then We Came to the End (2007) and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour</b> …

Books

'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

In the seventh century B.C., the poet Semonides of Amorgos wrote a catalog of unmanageable women. First, there are the women who resemble pigs, "resting in filth and growing fat." Other women, he writes, are yapping dogs, who won't shut up even if you knock their teeth out. And then there are the …

Feminism

David Sedaris on his new book, 'Theft by Finding'

Ever since NPR listeners heard his breakout “SantaLand Diaries” on “Morning Edition” in 1992, David Sedaris has become a reigning master of crystalline social commentary and blisteringly humorous self-reflection. His unforgettable autobiographical essay collections, written in just the last …

The life-changing magic of getting a person to change their mind—even yourself

How do we get others to change their minds? That is the question many of us are asking in this polarizing social and political climate, where the gulf between some people’s beliefs appears almost insurmountable. But there is a way, based in the academic field of adult learning, that has helped …

Alicia Keys

Deaths of despair are rising in America. They are claiming lives all around me | Jessika Bohon

Half of my schoolmates are dead, in jail or battling addiction. My town does not have a mental health clinic so, faced with hopelessness, people self-medicate<p>Young Americans are dying from despair. After the Great Recession, people aged between 25 and 44 started to overdose on opioids at an …

Sausages and greens Napoli-style from Rachel Roddy | A kitchen in Rome

Elena Ferrante’s novels evoke the Neapolitan city in all its drama, including the food, and inspire a charity <i>cucina</i> <i>povera</i> feast of succulent greens and juicy sausages typical of the region<p>“Sometimes we saw him climbing up the scaffolding of new buildings that were rising floor by floor, or in a hat …

Italy

'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

Scott McClanahan has built his career on defying expectations and blurring genres. The West Virginia author has been an indie-lit favorite for years, earning fans who admired his bizarre and often funny short fiction. In 2013, he gained something of a national profile following the publication of</i> …

The virtual reality of dementia: Panicked, child-like and lonely

WHAT does it feel like to have dementia?<p>I’ve been invited to try a virtual tour that is said to be the most accurate representation of living with …

Time I

Are You Intruding If You Monitor Your Aging Parent's Finances?

For most adult children with aging parents, there is that dilemma. You want to honor their independence, but what if they show signs of slipping? Should you talk about it or just wait until “something happens”? Here’s something critical that every adult child needs to know: if your parent shows …

Can you die from old age? - Health - ABC News

When we say an older person has "died in their sleep", what do we mean?<p>There is no such thing as "dying of old age", and you won't see this term …