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4 Novel ways to stay warm with style

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Lately I’ve been dreaming about tropical beaches, bathing suits and the sun falling on my bare shoulders. Remember the sun? I certainly can’t. All I see outside my window these days are snowdrifts and hanging icicles. Summer seems like a distant memory. It’s hard to dress for the winter, especially when all I want to wear are sweatpants and mittens, huddled up by a roaring fire. But fashion knows no season, and wearing several layers can actually help fight the cold better than one massive jacket. In the spirit of trying to look cute and stay warm when it’s 10 below, here are four winter looks inspired by four of my favorite winter-set novels: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls…

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Journey into some favorite books with a “bibliomemoir”

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I retain only the vaguest impressions of George Eliot’s Middlemarch. I read it as a 19-year-old study abroad student in England, too busy exploring a new country and having my first romance to fully appreciate an 800-page treasure of literature. I certainly missed out on the life-changing experience with Eliot that Rebecca Mead, author of the recent My Life in Middlemarch, had as an English teenager in rural Dorset. Now 45 and a New Yorker staff writer, Mead has reread Middlemarch countless times, always gleaning new emotional and philosophical insights. Virginia Woolf famously called Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people,” and though Mead first met it as an adolescent, it has carried her through into…

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