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Christina Ianzito is a writer for AARP Media, which includes AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, and AARP.org. She writes on a variety of subjects, from the latest health news to personality profiles.

Family Caregiving Worth $470 Billion a Year, AARP Finds

The economic value of the nation’s family caregivers’ unpaid work is an estimated $470 billion a year — an amount about equal to the annual sales of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest company. That’s the top finding from the AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, “Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update.” The survey found that an estimated 40 million U.S. caregivers devote about 37 billion hours to assisting adult relatives or close friends. Get the support you need to care — AARP Caregiving Resource Center » …

AARP’s Superstar Challenge: 5 Finalists Standing!

With their eyes on the prize — $5,000 and a professional recording session at DMI Music & Media in Pasadena, Calif. — five potential Superstars are bound for AARP’s Life@50+ event in Miami on May 15. The singers, aged 50 to 85, hail from four states and Puerto Rico and boast a wide range of musical backgrounds. They are the elite of nearly 1,300 aspirants who submitted music videos to AARP. The finalists were chosen Tuesday night, during a lively …

The New ‘Gone Girl’? You Decide

Everybody’s looking for the next Gone Girl – publishers, who want to mimic the success of Gillian Flynn’s summer 2012 thriller that sold more than six million copies, and readers, who gobbled up every word (weak ending and all). No surprise, then, that publishers and industry-watchers have hyped any number of books as “the next Gone Girl.“ Random House is pitching The Weight of Blood, a March 2014 release by Laura McHugh, “for fans of Gillian Flynn.” The Wall Street Journal described the …

Bridget Jones Is 51: Older, But Any Wiser?

Bridget Jones, our favorite bumbling thirty something singleton is back, though now she’s 51 and a widowed mother of two.  Helen Fielding’s third Bridget novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, is out tomorrow, 17 years after the first, Bridget Jones’s Diary, became the chick-lit blockbuster of 1996.  Back then Bridget was preoccupied with finding a boyfriend, losing weight, quitting smoking and hopelessly striving to develop “inner poise,” in the way of Tina Brown (“though not, obviously, quite so hardworking” she wrote in her …

At 82, Writer Alice Munro Wins a Nobel Prize

Short story fans and Canadians are among the many reveling in today’s announcement that master writer Alice Munro, at 82, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature – the first Canadian-based writer to do so. Her publisher reports that she was “amazed, and very grateful” to hear the news early this morning, which was left as a voicemail when the committee couldn’t reach her directly. How nice must it have been to get that message? Get discounts on dining, entertainment, …

Two Books, One Title – Round Two

Two books with the same title? Yup, it’s happened again. The last time around, it was Life after Life by both Kate Atkinson and Jill McCorkle. This time the shared title is Killing Jesus, which you’ll find on book covers by both Stephen Mansfield tomorrow and Bill O’Reilly in the fall. In the first one to hit bookshelves, Mansfield, a prolific religious historian, details the machinations and political intrigue surrounding the death of Jesus. His version of Killing Jesus is …