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“My Family Was Crazy, So Now I’m a Psychiatrist”

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One day at the age of 10, as a student at a New England boarding school, young Ned Hallowell was told to report to the school psychologist at the request of his mother. Getting right to the point, Dr. Merritt asked, “Well, how about if you tell me about your life so far?” “I remember starting to talk, and out of the blue the floodgates opened,” recalls Hallowell in his new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family (Bloomsbury). “I talked and talked and cried and cried… Dr. Merritt sat there, not saying a word.” What Dr. Merritt said next, according to Hallowell, “makes me believe he was either the best or the worst psychologist on the planet. He…

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Race Relations in America: 3 Books to Grow Your Empathy Muscles

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We don’t live in a post-racial America, no matter how much we might wish it were true. To understand what people of color live with on a daily basis, and to begin the kind of deep listening that might lead to change, The Elliott Bay Book Company recommends three books that explores topics so brilliantly discussed by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood business district, Elliott Bay is home to more 150,000 titles. They’re known for their readings by famous authors and literary events throughout the year. Here are their recommendations: The Making of Asian America: a History by Erika Lee (Simon & Schuster, 2015) Recommended by bookseller Karen Allman: “The Making of Asian America brings…

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Jane Austen is back in a new web series

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Give a cheer, Webheads! A new Jane Austen-based web series has begun—and we have the EXCLUSIVE interview with the head writer, Kimberly James. Watch the premiere episode of the UK-based From Mansfield with Love, and then read all about it in our exclusive interview here.   WHAT’S HAPPENING Alice went missing on Classic Alice, and the longer she stayed silent, the more worried we were. She will recover from her bumps and bruises after the car accident, but will she recover from driving away Reagan and Andrew?     Laura went on a rescue mission to save the captured coeds, Carmilla ended up dead, and we were reminded that oral storytelling can sometimes be way cooler than seeing the action.…

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