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An Iconic Story: Revisiting ‘Valley of the Dolls’ for a New Generation

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Sixties style will always be cool. Sure, it’s been infinitely reproduced, lampooned and documented, but the quintessential mod-girl style of the ’60s has become so iconic that it’s almost transcended the generation of its origin. So, when did it all begin? Easy answer: the ’60s. But, the culture of the big haired, crazy-print-clad, doe-eyed vixen owes a huge debt to Jacqueline Susann and her seminal novel, Valley of the Dolls (Grove Atlantic, July 4, 2016), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Valley of the Dolls is a classic coming-of-age tale that follows the lives of three friends, Anne, Neely and Jennifer, as they search for fame -– and find self-destruction instead. The novel follows the women through the decades as…

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5 Best Word Games for Vacation Family Fun

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My family is a Scrabble family. Every holiday or vacation, we bust out our board, extra trays, and our battered Scrabble dictionaries. We know how to stack words like pros, we have strange rules we’ve adapted over the years, and at least one person uses all of their letters per game. There are no “cats” in our games – try “qat.” Or “oi.” Or “aa.” Scrabble and other word games have become honored parts of our family vacations. Rarely do we just sit on the beach and relax—going to the lake is really just an excuse to play a word game in the sunshine. So for the rest of you linguistically inclined families, here are five of the best to…

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