Top Picks: Advice Columnists

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When I think about why I love reading so much, the quote “We read to know we're not alone” (from William Nicholson's Shadowlands) always comes to mind first. Rarely does that line ring more true than when I relate to a story shared in an advice column. With the fresh start the new year offers, I'm drawn to a variety of advice columnists who […]

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Jessica Jones Readalikes

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Are you jonesing for more Jessica? Since its premiere on Netflix, Jessica Jones has been getting so much buzz. Not only is this new series part of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's drawing many viewers who don't know the first thing about comic books. Jessica Jones is a female P.I. who drinks too much, keeps loved […]

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Die Laughing: California Mysteries

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Feeling cold? Want to laugh a little? Like mysteries? Have I got a deal for you! These mysteries are all set in balmy California and have at least a touch of humor to them. Curl up with these books on a midwinter's night. On the surface, Theophania Bogart has it together: she owns a body-care store […]

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Are You Ready for National Clean Off Your Desk Day?

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Did you know that the second Monday in January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day? This year, that's January 11. Yes, that's now (ish). But don't panic! CPL is here to help. How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson, by funny professional organizer Liz Franklin, is a step-by-step guide to clearing your desk […]

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Caught Reading at the Airport, January 2016

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Holiday travelers, we know you're sometimes excited and sometimes weary, but always ready to be done with the airport. Holiday travel does have one thing going for it: uninterrupted reading time. Yep, we caught you reading at the airport. Most of you were using the time to get lost in engrossing novels, while some of you chose Hollywood memoirs. […]

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Ready, Set, Kick Start a Healthy New Year

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Now that the holidays are over, you might be thinking about New Year's resolutions for your health and diet. Many recent books discuss detoxing as a way to kick start these changes. During a detox, you abstain from or rid your body of unhealthy substances for a set time period. These books describe a range of approaches and goals, […]

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Better Habits Can Make You Happy in the New Year

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Forget about New Year's resolutions—cultivating good habits in your life is the way to happiness, says New York Times bestselling author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin. So instead of starting 2016 with a bunch of declarative statements about the things you will and will not do this year, maybe start to think about your habits and how […]

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The Pleasure of My Company: Zora Neale Hurston at 125

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How much do you know about Zora Neale Hurston? It seems like most people read Their Eyes Were Watching God in high school English class or saw Their Eyes Were Watching God with Halle Berry. But there's more to this fabulous writer than one novel. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of her birth on January 7, […]

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Medieval Mysteries

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Around this time of year, my thoughts turn to the Middle Ages. Not sure why, but they do. So, in that spirit, I offer these often overlooked medieval mysteries. The ones set earliest in history are the King's Hounds mysteries by Martin Jensen. In them, Winston, an ex-religious and illuminator, and his man Hafdan, a former nobleman, do […]

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My Life in 3 Songs: What 3 Songs Sum up Your Life and Why?

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WBEZ host Tony Surabia (The Morning Shift and Radio M) posed this challenge: "My Life in 3 songs. 3 songs that tell your life." Listeners were enthusiastic; his guests were not spared. It has spread through the radio station: Jim DeRogatis  (Sound Opinions), The Takeaway, Rhymefest, and Vocalo host, Richard Steele (The Barbershop Show.)  In BBC Radio Scotland gave their […]

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