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Go Team USA: Inspiring Books to Get You in the 2016 Summer Olympics Spirit!

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Ahhh, the Olympics: the magical time of year when you’re allowed to chant “USA! USA! USA!” un-ironically with your face painted like Old Glory. But while this week marks the kick off of the 2016 Summer Olympics, this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro seem a little different, amidst controversy about the water in Rio, concerns about the Zika Virus, debates about nation-wide bans due to doping and anxiety over event security, these Games seem more than a little hectic and apprehensive. Despite the (valid) trepidations many have over the Summer Olympic Games, fundamentally, the Olympics are a time to celebrate. The world is already pretty crazy, so it’s helpful to remember that people are, in fact, capable of coming…

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Smart Reads: Real Life Heroes, Villains and Monsters

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Villains and monsters are so much more frightening in the world of non-fiction. While we can reassure ourselves that the horrors of fiction aren’t real and sleep with the lights on, the comfort in non-fiction lies in the books themselves. By shining a light on the darkest hearts we lessen their hold upon us. At the same time, heroes are burnished in the spotlight’s glow, reminding us that good can ultimately prevail. This week we have five Smart Reads about the heroes, villains and monsters who have walked among us: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, October 27, 2015) “Rarely do women have the opportunity to travel as Steinem has done—living a life full of radical…

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3 Favorite Shows Back from the Dead and a Book

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Any TV addict will tell you: there’s nothing worse than our favorite show getting canceled. We spend hours watching and obsessing, becoming devoted to characters and storylines. So when they’re suddenly ripped away from us, it feels like an open wound that never totally heals. But thanks to new networks, new media, and crazy fan interest, canceled shows are suddenly seeing the light again. Just look at the buzz around Veronica Mars when creator Rob Thomas used Kickstarter to help fund a movie—and prove to executives that fans cared enough to pay up. Since then, it seems like a flood of long-dead shows are coming back: from Lisa Kudrow’s cult classic, The Comeback, to an X-Files six-episode miniseries set to…

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