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Dusting Off A Gritty, Glamorous California Classic

As it turns out, Raymond Chandler isn't the only writer who can channel the dark charisma of deceptively sunny California. Author Hector Tobar recommends John Fante's Ask the Dust, a novel that captures the grit and glamor of Los Angeles' past.
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Dear NHL: Hit The Puck, Not The Players

Commentator Frank Deford suggests a New Year's resolution for the National Hockey League: No more fighting.
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Graphic Content: 3 Comics Based On Real Crimes

Society has a fascination with crime — we can't seem to look away from the yellow police tape. Author Duane Swierczynski recommends three thrilling crime stories told in graphic-novel form.
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A Poem A Day Keeps The Craziness Away

Author Alan Heathcock was feeling harried and overwhelmed — until he came up with an innovative solution for finding a little peace: reading a poem every day.
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Peace Game Puts 'Weight Of The World' On Students

Teacher John Hunter invented the World Peace Game to get his elementary students to think about major world issues. He also wanted to teach them compassion and kindness. At least two of his former students are on the path he helped to pave.
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How Much Is That Purple Heart In The Window?

The story of the Purple Heart in a pawnshop window reminds us that to truly help people, you don't have to look very far.
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A Passion For The Past: 2011's Best Historical Fiction

These five outstanding novels take us to unfamiliar eras and exotic locales — ancient Israel, Elizabethan England, 1920s Paris — while confirming our common humanity.

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