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“Beautiful Boy,” From Book(s) to Movie

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Rarely do two books equal one movie, but such is the math of “Beautiful Boy” starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet. It’s the story of one family’s battle with addiction, based on Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the memoir by journalist David Sheff, and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (Simon and Schuster), by his son, Nic Sheff, a first-person account of his descent into drugs. Among the many tragedies of the tale is how close Nic came to having it all. A golden child of privilege, he grew up in a loving, financially secure family. But his parents are divorced, and by court-ordered custody arrangement, he spends school months with his father, stepmother and their…

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Live acid-free this holiday season

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Thirty years ago, Dr. Jamie Koufman was one of the very first larynologists taking care of throat and voice disorders with laser surgery when she noticed something strange. Many patients suffering from acid reflux were being misdiagnosed because they were without the usual symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Her new book, Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, explains how acid reflux affects one in five Americans and masquerades as sinusitis, asthma, chronic coughs, allergy-like symptoms, sore throats, and esophageal cancer. “In the last 50 years our normal American diet has become more acidic, thanks to the increasing amount of acids added to packaged and canned foods that are making up more and more of our meals,” says Koufman.…

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Smart, Strong And Beautiful: Thriller Heroine Is A Winner

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Jamie Freveletti had just won the 2010 International Thriller Writers Best First Novel award for Running From the Devil, her debut novel that begins when heroine Emma Caldridge’s hijacked plane crashes in a guerilla-infested Colombian jungle. (And then things get really bad.) Overcome with emotion at the Thrillerfest awards ceremony, Freveletti was in the ladies room repairing her tear-stained make-up when her agent told her more good news: The estate of Robert Ludlum was seriously considering her to write the next novel in the Covert-One series. In Sept. 2012, Freveletti’s The Janus Reprisal became the ninth Covert-One thriller. “It hits hard,” she says. “I tried to get as close to Robert Ludlum as I could with pacing. He’s such a…

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