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MUST READS JUST LIKE YOU By Nick Hornby (Penguin £8.99, 320 pp) JUST LIKE YOU By Nick Hornby (Penguin £8.99, 320 pp) If there is such a thing as a typical North London mother, Lucy is the perfect example. A 42-year-old English teacher, she is navigating a toxic divorce and dipping a toe into the […]

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Harlem Is Gentrifying, but Black Women Still Have All the Power

CAUL BABY By Morgan Jerkins In 1998, the Melancon family of women resides on West 145th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, in a “brownstone on a quiet, picturesque block,” their house guarded by a fleur-de-lis-adorned gate “that made the entrance inaccessible.” Harlem is changing. White residents are multiplying, and rents are increasing. The Melancons afford their […]

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‘Broken Horses: A Memoir,’ by Brandi Carlile: An Excerpt

MENINGITIS AND THE EARLY EDUCATION OF AN EMPATH The Carliles are nail-biters. I started biting my nails at three years old. Everyone told me that if I didn’t keep my hands out of my mouth, I’d get sick. I contracted meningococcal meningitis at age four. We were living in Burien, Washington, in a single-wide trailer […]

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Gary Panter’s Jagged, Shape-Shifting Antihero Was Made for Our Moment

“MEET GARY PANTER,” reads a 1988 ad in The Village Voice for a bookstore appearance in support of JIMBO: ADVENTURES IN PARADISE. The buff title character, cross-eyed and crew-cut, resembles an unhinged Billy Idol about to take the rugby pitch. “It’s an avant-garde adult comic book, about the adventures of a punk Everyman, who defines […]

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PICTURE THIS

PICTURE THIS MAGNUM DOGS   (Thames & Hudson, £16.99) MAGNUM DOGS (Thames & Hudson, £16.99) From strays to pampered pooches, this collection of their canine photography teems with humour and warmth Magnum photographers have covered hard-hitting topics across the globe: war, crime, politics and . . . dogs. From strays to pampered pooches, this collection of their […]

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When Anna Wintour joined Vogue she told editor she wanted their job

Catwalks, catfights and how to stay in Vogue: When Anna Wintour joined the iconic magazine, the editor asked her what job she wanted. ‘Yours,’ she replied. And as this gloriously gossipy history shows, only the most brilliant and brutal survive Anna Wintour moved to New York in 1975 and blistered through magazines She was appointed […]

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It Takes Gumption to Work on a Novel For 10 Years. Ask Angeline Boulley.

EARLY BIRD Wunderkind novelists are fun to hoot and holler about, but late bloomers deserve a solemn moment of silence. Let’s offer one up for Angeline Boulley, a 55-year-old mother of three, who toiled over "Firekeeper’s Daughter” for 10 years — during her son’s hockey practices and in work meetings; through seasons of celebration (including […]

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3 Picture Books Get the Royal Treatment

WHERE IS THE DRAGON?By Leo Timmers PRINCESS ARABELLA AT THE MUSEUMBy Mylo Freeman THE KING’S GOLDEN BEARDBy Klaas Verplancke If you were just waking up from a yearlong sleep, you might mistake the bright masks the children wear as they spill out of our neighborhood public school in the afternoon for a costume, perhaps for […]