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5 Great “Best Self” Books

I used to think I hated January. It’s cold. Dark. Rather bleak. But the past couple of years, I’ve gotten through January by going gangbusters on the self-help or, as I like to call them, “best self” books. Below are five of my favorites. They keep me going so I can keep working on my …

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Film Review: Romantics Anonymous

Someone recommended Romantics Anonymous (original title: Les √©motifs anonymes) to me ages ago–and then it sat in its Netflix envelope next to my television for weeks. Finally I opened the envelope again and read the description. I saw “chocolatier” and I was sold. This isn’t my usual aliens-taking-over-the-world escapist kind of movie. Lately I haven’t …

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Book Review: A Promise of Fire

Brilliant book! I loved the characters, and I loved the world–a place where Greek gods are very present. The heroine sometimes used words or phrases that felt too contemporary for a fantasy world, with some silly idiom replacements “the olive doesn’t fall far from the tree” and “don’t beat around the harpy’s nest” (not exact …

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