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Teddi Leaves Everything to Chance in Amy Sue Nathan’s Newest Novel

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I am a sucker for places in real life and settings in books that spark my imagination. When visiting a new town in person or in the pages of a book, I imagine the vast and different lives I could take on in these new geographies. In these places, I imagine ‘what if’. Amy Sue Nathan’s Left to Chance sparked this same kind of longing. A sort of inverse of wanderlust, Teddi, the protagonist of Left to Chance, journeys back home to Chance, Ohio. As a celebrity photographer travelling from fancy hotel to fancy resort, Teddi lives an enviable life mingling in beautiful places with the beautiful portraits she photographs. When the wedding of a friend calls her back to…

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‘Life is Like a Box of Chocolates’: 7 Best Quotes from Tom Hanks Films

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Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of all time and now he can add author to his credit. His book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, was released yesterday.  To celebrate this latest milestone in his career, we have compiled some of our favorite quotes from Hanks’ films. “Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!” A League of Their Own “Reach for the sky!” – Toy Story “Houston, we have a problem” – Apollo 13 “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”   – Forrest Gump  “We are all God’s animated cartoons.”  Punchline “I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home. .. only to no…

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Hanks for the Memories: Bridge of Spies and the Best of Tom Hanks’ Movies

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Bridge of Spies, which opens Friday, has been getting more buzz than a hive full of yellow jackets, and even the film’s trailers are gripping and intense. On top of that, throw in the fact that it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, and we’ll be in line with our popcorn ready by about, oh, Friday morning. But for us, the real draw of this movie might be its leading man, Tom Hanks. The Spencer Tracy of his era, Hanks places amongst the top Hollywood stars of any era. Eminently likeable, tremendously charismatic and one of the most genuinely gifted performers in show business, Hanks has left a trail of Oscar-winning and Oscar-worthy performances in his wake. And even as he approaches 60…

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Zahav: Michael Solomonov Presents the Diverse Flavors of Israel

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When it comes to Israeli food, sublime is usually simple. Take Shakshouka for example. I first tasted Shakshouka one summer on a family vacation. My sister had invited her Israeli neighbors to join us and after a few days of our cooking, our guests said they wanted to cook us the quintessential Israeli dish. We had no idea what that might be. Our culinary heritage was limited to the Eastern European Jewish dishes we had grown up with such as chicken soup with matzo balls, and a few well-known Middle Eastern foods—chopped salad, falafel and hummus. We were surprised when the kitchen started releasing the fragrance of sautéing onions, garlic and peppers and they brought to the table a huge…

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