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  • 15 best nonfiction books of 2013

    Here are the 15 nonfiction titles Monitor critics liked best in 2013.

  • 15 best fiction books of 2013

    Check out the Monitor's picks for the best novels of 2013.

  • Have kids, will travel: 8 tips for family trips

    Kids should learn how to travel, and parents should learn how to support kids to make travel fun and adventurous. I polled a number of friends and family who have traveled with their kids, asking them for their favorite travel tips. Here are eight favorites relating specifically to airplane and road trips, but I am sure these same lessons apply to most every form of transportation.

  • Bitcoin FAQ: 7 semi-clear answers to your questions

    It can be difficult to grasp the concept of Bitcoin and other 'cryptocurrencies.' Trust us, it's a challenge to explain it clearly, too. Here's a primer on what Bitcoin is and how it works.

  • C.S. Lewis: 10 thought-provoking quotes

    C.S. Lewis's death on Nov. 22, 1963, was almost entirely overshadowed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Here are some quotes from the "Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Screwtape Letters" author on the anniversary of his death.

  • JFK assassination to moonwalk: 6 American conspiracy theories

    American conspiracy theories date back to the days before the Declaration of Independence. Here are six – both old and new, well-known and obscure – that are percolating in the American zeitgeist now.

  • Monty Python reunion: Top 12 videos for parent-kid bonding

    Of all the things we hand down to our children, our sense of humor is the one thing that will never lose its value, particularly if it’s coiled around them like a Monty Python, squeezing out every last chuckle.

  • Is Scott Walker running? 5 quick takes from Wisconsin governor's memoir

    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin sounds a lot like a presidential candidate in his memoir, 'Unintimidated.' Here are five points in the book that amplify the Republican governor's particular lens on politics.

  • 100 of the best children's books

    Which children's books are the best of the best? Check out 100 picks from librarians at the New York Public Library.

  • Five ways to save money when buying online

    Here's how to buy and save when shopping online: 

  • Bestselling books the week of 11/21/13, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: 4 reasons the drama keeps getting stranger

    Why does Rob Ford continue to grab headlines, now delivering shock and awe not only to Torontonians and Canadians, but to bemused observers around the world?

  • 'The Wizard of Oz': 10 facts about the classic movie

    Writers Jay Scarfone and William Stillman look back at the making of the iconic 1939 film 'Wizard of Oz' in their book 'The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion.' Here are some stories from the production.

  • Kepler's greatest hits: four strange planetary systems

    As the hunt goes on for an Earth-like twin, NASA's Kepler mission has revealed an amazing array of planetary systems. Here are four that hint at the diversity.

  • Four Americans and their brushes with Obamacare

    Obamacare directly affects mainly those Americans who don't get health insurance through their jobs. So far, some are happy. Some are furious. Many are scratching their heads. Here are four real-life stories that show some of what's happening as health-care reform rolls out.

  • JFK assassination: 10 'where I was' stories

    "November 22, 1963" gathers dozens of "where I was" stories from the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

  • Bestselling books the week of 11/14/13, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.

  • Typhoon Haiyan: Where does it rank among huge storms?

    Typhoon Haiyan has claimed thousands of lives on The Philippines island of Leyte, and frantic efforts are under way to get food, water, and medical care to tens of thousands of survivors. The storm may be among the most powerful ever recorded. What are some of the others?

  • Mom's top 10 book list for toddlers

    The Monitor asked parents to submit their favorite books to read with their toddlers in an informal Facebook survey. Our survey revealed that many of the books that parents cherish most are those that they remember reading as children. Here are the top ten recommendations of stories that are sure to hold up through endless readings – we can't make any promises about the pages of the book, though.

  • Bestselling books the week of 11/7/13, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.

  • Election Day 2013: six of the most riveting votes

    In the off-year elections Nov. 5, Americans are voting to elect two governors and 305 mayors and decide numerous ballot initiatives. Here are six of the day's most gripping votes.

  • Kurt Vonnegut: 10 quotes on his birthday

    Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Here are 10 quotes from Vonnegut to mark his birthday. 

  • 'The Everything Store': 5 behind-the-scenes stories about Amazon

    Business journalist Brad Stone takes a look at the founding of Amazon and how it operates in his new book 'The Everything Store'.

  • 12 best new children's picture books

    From cave paintings to book thieves to presidential libraries, the best of this season's children's picture books cover intriguing ground.

  • Bill Russell: 12 quotes about basketball

    Bill Russell, who led the Celtics to 11 championships playing in the old Boston Garden, has been immortalized with a statue on City Hall Plaza only a few blocks away.The first of those championships occurred in his rookie season of 1956-57 on the heels of leading his college team, the University of San Francisco, to back-to-back national titles, and the 1956 US Olympic squad to a gold medal in Melbourne, Australia. The old St. Louis Hawks made the 6 ft. 10 in. Russell the second pick in the 1956 draft, behind Sihugo Green, but immediately traded him to the Celtics for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan. The deal paid off handsomely, as Boston won its first NBA title in Russell’s rookie season, then began an unmatched run of eight successive championships two years later.Russell capped off his playing career as the team’s player coach, becoming the first African-American to break into the head coaching ranks in any of the four major North American professional leagues.Always outspoken and highly quotable, here are 12 thoughts Russell shares in his book, "Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner," written with David Falkner in 2001.

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