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VMA Week’s Friday Flashback: 4 Bios of Rock ‘n’ Roll Musicians Who Shaped a Genre

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As we wrap up BookTrib’s VMA Week, we thought we would revisit our article from 2015 about artists who shaped musical genres and were pioneers in the industry. Here is a review of 4 books that are just as relevant as when we first ran this piece. Where would I be without rock ‘n’ roll? I can’t even imagine. Rock ‘n’ roll has been the soundtrack of my life, and the background music to untold millions of people throughout generations. It’s at once a musical joy and a primal shout, a release of defiance, elation, and energy all put to the rhythm of an irresistible backbeat. And in the face of changing millennial musical tastes, I can only answer with…

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V is For Vegetables in Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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I have to admit, I came to vegetables relatively late in life. Oh, sure, while growing up, I ate them. But for the most part, they were the out-of-the-can, boiled-beyond-recognition variety. Even on Thanksgiving, we gave thanks for the vegetables on our table—but we gave extra thanks for the mashed potatoes and stuffing. In the years since I’ve discovered what surrounding the bird with delicious vegetable dishes can do for my health and my waistline. And I’m teaching my offspring, Mr. Picky and Miss Sweet Tooth, the joys of veggies. In fact, the sides have become the focus of our Thanksgiving feast. To help me out, this year I’m turning to Michael Anthony’s glorious new cookbook, V is for Vegetables:…

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Spring Clean Your Face: An IMATS-Inspired Book List!

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One of the best ways to refresh your point of view is to refresh your look, and makeup can be an amazingly fun way to creatively change your appearance. While there are plenty of people who don’t like to wear makeup (which, totally cool), there are those of us who see it as a way to wear an empowered game-face to show the world. One of the biggest makeup events of the year, The International Makeup Artists Trade Show, comes to New York City the weekend of April 8, 2016. IMATS started in Los Angeles in 1997, but has expanded to be an international series of exclusive events where thousands of makeup artists, including Oscar-winners and red carpet makeup experts, gather to…

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Book Excerpt! Shirley Barrett’s ‘Rush Oh!’

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Australian film director and screenwriter Shirley Barrett has added an additional title to her resumé: author. Her debut novel, Rush Oh! (Little, Brown & Co., March 22), was just included on the longlist for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. With a ton of praise already pouring in for the book, we just couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy and it did NOT disappoint. Before it releases, we’re thrilled to be able to offer the excerpt below. Do yourself a favor: when you finish the excerpt, pre-order your very own copy! A Visitor Our house was situated up the hill from the try- works, which meant not only were we enveloped in the stench of boiling blubber for five months of…

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How Humans Evolved to Have Too Much of a Good Thing

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Another New Year’s Day is coming up fast, and with it, another set of resolutions. And if you’re like 32 percent of all Americans, losing weight is at the top of your list. But of course, by early February (right around the time of the Feast of the Blessed Super Bowl) that resolution will be gone, and you’ll have decided that you’re just predisposed to put on weight. In other words, the reason you can’t squeeze into those jeans any more is probably exactly what you suspected—it’s all in your genes. The evidence agrees with you. A new book by a nationally renowned doctor has a radical explanation for our individual (and national) weight crisis, along with a host of…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Stir Those Christmas Feelings

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It’s my favorite time of the year! The decorations, the yummy food, family bonding and the pep in everyone’s step is what I really love about the holidays. Another thing I can’t get enough of each December? Christmas books. There’s just something about reading a sweet holiday story by the fireplace with a mug of cocoa in my hand that stirs warm feelings of contentment. Thanks to that Christmas spirit, I’ve rounded up my top five new Christmas-themed books for this week’s Heat Index that will surely put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas, Bryan Mooney (Lake Union Publishing, October, 2015) “The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout… a traditional New England…

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3 Books That Would Make Great Movies for Hanukkah

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is watching the multitude of Christmas movies we’ve spent our lives with. I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, I cry like a baby at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, and each year sparks a new debate over which is the best version of A Christmas Carol. For me, holiday movies are as much a part of the season as eggnog and lights on the tree. The problem, however, is that I have a son who’s Jewish. And while he celebrates both holidays, I always feel bad that there are so few quality movies that help him celebrate Hanukkah. Sure, there’s Eight Crazy Nights, Full-Court Miracle and even The Hebrew…

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From Jane Eyre to Mockingjay to Austenland: Books that Need More Sex

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I should preface this by saying I’m not a pervert. Well, not much of one anyway. But sometimes you’re reading a book and you just know that a sex scene would make all the difference. Maybe the couple is getting a little too close; maybe that kissing scene is just a little too hot. The reason doesn’t even matter really—you just pray that the characters will start to go to town. And if you’re lucky, they do. But there are times when your fave couple just chastely kisses or walks away, letting all that delicious sexual chemistry go to waste. For those of us who are a little more, um, in need of that great love scene, here are five…

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Review: Stacy Schiff’s ‘The Witches’ Filled with Surprises and Lessons

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In 1692, at the edge of colonial settlement in the New World—a place that a visitor once called a “remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness”—panic had set in. It began during an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when, without warning, a minister’s niece inexplicably began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, after 19 men and women—and two dogs—had been executed for witchcraft. The most educated men and prominent politicians were involved in the terror that swept over the young colony. “A daughter accused her mother, who in turn accused her mother, who accused a neighbor and a minister,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. “A wife and daughter denounced their husband and father. Husbands implicated wives;…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books You Must Read Before the End of Summer

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Summer is almost over–can you face it? Before it slips away, we have five hot new books about facing it — feelings, family secrets, the one who got away. Before you head off to fall’s state fairs, you’ll want to indulge in this lingering taste of summer. Starlight on Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs (Mira Books, August 25) “Wiggs’ carefully detailed plotlines, one contemporary and one historical, with their candid look at relationships and their long-term effects, are sure to captivate readers.” —Booklist, starred review Heat Index: After a horrible accident, Alice Bellamy must hire a caretaker to help her get around. When Faith McCallum, Alice’s new live-in nurse, stumbles across some damning evidence about the accident, it’s up to her…

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Which Book Adaptations Failed It and Which Nailed It?

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For an avid reader, there’s nothing scarier than having your favorite books adapted into movies or TV shows. There’s so much room for failure, and so much tentative hope that maybe -– just maybe -– they’ll get it right. When Hollywood nails an adaptation it’s like the clouds are parting, angels are singing and we’re all staring at the screen trying not to weep. But that kind of achievement is rare, unfortunately. So in honor of those hits and misses, here’s one adaptation that sadly failed it and one that absolutely nailed it. Failed It: Beautiful Creatures Let me be clear: I’m a giant fan of the Beautiful Creatures (Little Brown & Co., September 2010) young adult series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Full of…

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