Clowning Around: 5 Books About Clowns of All Kinds

Shout the word “clown” in a room full of people and at least one person will flinch. That’s probably thanks to Stephen King’s It, the horror classic whose original film adaptation traumatized generations of accidental viewers with ominous whispers and blood-filled balloons. Now the villainous Pennywise is getting another turn on the big screen, this…
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Diana, 20 Years Later

On August 31, 1997, a late-night car crash in a Parisian tunnel ended the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, mere months after she visited Chicago, yet her legacy as a humanitarian, mother and icon endures across the globe two decades later. Her Life Initially published only 11 years after her marriage, Diana secretly cooperated…
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Novel Journeys: The British Raj

India, symbolized by the Koh-I-Noor diamond, was long considered the jewel in the English colonial crown. However, the relationship took a toll on both countries, and the British Raj, as the colonial experience was known, ended 70 years ago this month. Starting with a new release, these are some books dealing with the cost to…
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Canada!

I'm not sure why, but a few weeks back, I got the Canadian national anthem stuck in my head, and it got me thinking. I never thought about it before, but Canada's a country. It's not just a punchline to a joke about friendly neighbors or a place where some celebrities come from. It's got…
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Stories of Haiti

I find Haiti endlessly fascinating, from its very survival to its wealth of folk art. I chose these books because they are written or edited by Haitians and give one an insider's view of this perpetually resilient nation. René Depestre has written a delightful book, Hadriana in All My Dreams, that celebrates life in his home…
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