Vanessa Michael

35 Flips | 6 Magazines | 28 Likes | 5 Following | @vanessamichotrk | Keep up with Vanessa Michael on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Vanessa Michael”

The 16 Best True Crime Books Of All Time

It seems like everyone is obsessing over all things true crime lately — from binging <i>Making a Murderer</i> on Netflix, to tuning in to the latest <i>S-Town</i> …

Crime

9 Really Long Classic Novels You Should Finally Get Through This Summer

With nothing on the agenda but sun and fun, vacations offer the perfect time to read lengthy books you'd never get to tackle otherwise. On the list …

Bill Gates Shares the 5 Books You Should Read This Summer

Bill Gates wants you to do some serious thinking this summer. For his annual list of the best books to read this season, Gates has selected five …

8 Life-Altering Autobiographies and Memoirs Everyone Should Read This Year

Ever since we rounded up the best nonfiction books of 2017 at the end of last year, we've been looking forward to stocking our shelves with the best …

The 50 best audiobooks of all time

If you love to read, but haven't had the time to sit down with a good book lately, consider listening to an audiobook. Today's audiobooks can be downloaded right to your phone, and make the perfect listening companion for your commute, workout, or anytime your hands are busy but your ears are …

Books

Searching for Memory of the Gulags in Putin’s Russia

Here are some of the things that you will not find if you go looking for traces of the Soviet Gulags: memorials at every known execution site, museums on the ruins of camps, accurate documentation of what happened to the still uncounted numbers of people who disappeared, a widely accepted story of …

15 Life-Changing Books, According to Real Simple Editors

Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may …

Books

The best books the Vox staff read in 2017

Fiction and nonfiction recommendations to get you through the end of the year.<p>As 2017 draws to a close, the Vox staff is <b>once</b> <b>again</b> sharing some of the best books we’ve read over the past 12 months. Some of them were published a long time ago, others just earlier this year. They all have one thing in …

He was one of the world’s greatest ballet stars. Then he crashed.

By Sarah L. Kaufman<p>Dance critic<p>As falls from grace go, David Hallberg's was spectacular. Tall and elegant, with a swoop of blond hair and the haunted air of a Victorian poet, Hallberg was one of the world's greatest ballet stars. Fueled by an obsessive work ethic, he'd risen from a South Dakota …

These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Sony Pictures

Cheryl Strayed: Someday, a 'Nasty' Woman Like Hillary Clinton Will Win

My kids didn’t have school the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election and eventually, near noon, they came into my room to see what was …

On Teaching, but Not Loving, Jane Austen

I used to adore the Pride and Prejudice author. But over the years I’ve grown more ambivalent toward her and the fervor for her work.<p>I once confessed to an audience gathered for a pre-show talk about <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> that I felt a bit salty to see so many of them in attendance. A few months …

Literature

“Mainline” churches are emptying. The political effects could be huge.

In April, the New York Times’s Ross Douthat wrote a column arguing — appropriately for a Sunday opinion piece — that liberals need to go to church. More specifically, he argued: “The wider experience of American politics suggests that as liberalism de-churches it struggles to find a …

11 addictive podcasts to indulge in over Memorial Day weekend

Kick off your summer with a host of easily digestible, entertaining listens.<p>Memorial Day is around the corner, and summer lies beyond. If you’re looking forward to using the extra time to catch up on pop culture that’s been on your radar, then podcasts make a perfect choice for the long …

Indie bookstores always have the best book recs. So we asked them what to read this summer. - Vox

If you want a really good book recommendation, go to the critics, by all means — but don’t neglect your local independent bookstore. Booksellers have to stay on top of an enormous volume of books, and they have a unique perspective on what’s selling to whom. And really good independent bookstores …

In 'Music Of The Ghosts,' A Khmer Rouge Survivor Faces 'The Reality Of Cambodia'

Writer Vaddey Ratner is used to processing pain through fiction. Her best-selling debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, was based on her experiences as little girl in Cambodia, where she and her family endured the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge and their killing fields. Ratner and her mother …

We Live in the Reproductive Dystopia of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Imagine the casting call for male actors for Hulu’s new TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Guard with Machine Gun #1; Guard with Machine Gun #2; Cop in Riot Gear; Hangman, Hanged Man. Of the three male characters named in the show’s first episodes, one gets shot almost …

Feminism

These 'Women In The Castle' Provide New Perspectives On Nazi Germany

<i>The Women in the Castle</i>, the new novel by Jessica Shattuck, tells the story of three women, and their children, who take refuge in the ruins of a Bavarian castle at the end of World War II. The women are war widows — war resistance widows, really — whose husbands paid with their lives for the July …

Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

As the father of two sons with schizophrenia, author Ron Powers is familiar with the pain and frustration of dealing with a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.<p>Powers' younger son, Kevin, was a talented musician whose struggles with schizophrenia began at age 17. Just before his 21st birthday, …

Mental Health

100 Super Healthy and Filling Foods

You know the basics of a healthy diet: lots of fruit and vegetables, some nuts and seeds, full-fat dairy, and a few servings of fish and lean meat. …

Best Books of February 2017: George Saunders to Joyce Carol Oates

A Novel<p>Ali Smith<p>Set in England in Fall 2016, <i>Autumn</i> is the first installment of Ali Smith’s new Seasonal Quartet, which is broken up—you guessed it—according to the seasons. After a historic summer, the United Kingdom is in pieces, and the transition into fall is bittersweet. In a world becoming …

Cordon - a sock pattern

I’m excited to announce the publication of my first sock pattern of the year, Cordon. You may remember that I finished these a few months ago. With …

Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden - Quiet Corner

DIY Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden<p>With winter now firmly behind us, some homeowners are busy tending to their revitalized garden and …

Ten Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten & First Grade

Here are TEN great strategies to help improve reading comprehension for beginning readers in Kindergarten and first grade! These should be helpful …

Helpful Tips to Rev Up Reading Comprehension in Children

Shares 0<p><b>Reading is Fundamental But You Must Understand It First</b><p>–<p>Don’t like ads? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free<p>We’ve all …

Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is so Important

English teachers are skilled instructors of reading comprehension—a nebulous concept that requires several moving parts. Reading comprehension …

Free Dishcloth Pattern - Checks and Eyelets Facecloth

While we do call it 52 Weeks of Dishcloths, they don’t all have to be used to wash the dishes! Case in point, this week’s free pattern by Faith …

Knitting

17 Of The Most Powerful Excerpts From Poetry

I have chosen some of my favourite lines of poetry to celebrate World Poetry Day, which is celebrated on 21 March each year. These are lines that I …

Literature

Terry Pratchett: 50 best quotes

<b>Terry Pratchett, whose science-fantasy Discworld novels are some of the best-selling works in English fiction around the world, died on March 12, 2015, aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Pratchett sold more than 85 million books worldwide and was full of wit and wisdom. His final</b> …