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.
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.
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."
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?
One of the most talked about books of the spring is New York Times food writer Mark Bittman's VB6 (a.k.a. Vegan Before Six). In it he explains his diet - which is more a strategy for healthy eating than a structured plan - where he consumes only vegan foods until dinnertime, then eats whatever he wants. It's a compromise that Bittman dreamed up six years ago after his doctor spotted early signs of diabetes and heart disease, and suggested he go vegan, meaning no animal products in the diet. He soon dropped more than 35 pounds. He's a busy man these days, while out promoting the book, but he found a spare eight minutes to give us a call and we got a lively explanation of VB6 and how you can make the diet your own (Vegan on Weekdays, a.k.a., VOW, perhaps?).
Back when we got together to discuss books rather than drink wine, my book club wrestled with questions like, "What do you think the author meant by...?" or "Why do you think the author ended with...?"
Browsing for your next great read you may soon discover two books with the same alluring title: Life After Life. One is by Kate Atkinson (from Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown, in April), the other by Jill McCorkle (Algonquin, this month). What's unusual is not only that books with the same name would be released within two months of each other, but also that both happen to be wonderful. They're set to share top billing as the American Booksellers Association's Indie Next Pick in April.
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