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  • 'Downton Abbey': catch up before the season 2 premiere

    Whether you missed the first season and want to start watching now or just need a refresher, here's what happened at Downton Abbey last season.

  • Kate Middleton lends a hand to children, the arts with her charity projects

    Kate Middleton, known as the Duchess of Cambridge, today announced the first five organizations she will support as a royal patron.

  • Is falling US marriage rate a bad thing? Some find positives in the data.

    The portion of US adults who are married has hit a record low, barely half, which experts say bodes ill for child-rearing. But many see positives in the latest data and say the institution is not imperiled.

  • America's rash retreat from marriage

    The Monitor's View America's rash retreat from marriage

    In a nation soon to be dominated by single adults, more Americans find marriage obsolete or worth putting off. But can a society afford to have so many people unwilling to make a self-sacrifice to another in a bond that drives civilization?

  • 6 stories that made Christmas what it is today

    6 stories that made Christmas what it is today

    Where would Christmas be today without Ebenezer Scrooge or the Nutcracker? Here are six ways in which literature has given Christmas its groove.

  • Dress for your own success, not someone else's

    The Simple Dollar Dress for your own success, not someone else's

    The usual advice is to dress above your station, and it's sound. Just make sure to dress for the job that you want.

  • Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him

    Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him

    It's the 176th birthday of one of the most iconic of figures in US history. In honor of the day that Samuel Clemens was born, here are 10 reasons why we love the great American author known as Mark Twain.

  •  Dunder Mifflin: 'Office' paper now real. Can it top these fiction-to-fact products?

    Dunder Mifflin: 'Office' paper now real. Can it top these fiction-to-fact products?

    Dunder Mifflin paper – the product at the heart of NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” NBC Universal – is now a real product. It's even on sale, $34.95 for a 20-pound carton, at online office supplier quill.com and the NBC online store. Manufactured by quill.com, the paper bears the Dunder Mifflin logo and slogans “Limitless paper in a paperless world” and “Quabity first." Dunder Mifflin paper is the latest in a long line fictional TV and film goods that turn into successful products. Will "The Office" office paper do as well as these Top 6 items?

  • National Book Awards: the 2011 fiction nominees

    National Book Awards: the 2011 fiction nominees

    The 2011 National Book Award winners will be chosen tonight at 8 p.m at a black-tie ceremony in New York hosted by actor and author John Lithgow.  This year's nominees were not without controversy, most notably in the Young Adult category, where author Lauren Myracle was first erroneously listed as a nominee for her novel, “Shine” and then was asked to withdraw her nomination. (At Myracle's request, the National Book Foundation made a $5,000 donation to the Mathew Shephard Foundation in exchange.) In the adult fiction category, judges chose to honor some less-publicized books over some of the bigger “event” novels of the year, such as Ann Patchett's “State of Wonder” and Jeffrey Eugenides's “The Marriage Plot.”  Here's a look at the five finalists for the fiction prize.

  • 12 Asian authors in the spotlight: the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

    12 Asian authors in the spotlight: the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

    The longlist for this year's Man Asian Literary Prize ($30,000 awarded to the author of the best novel by an Asian author written in or translated into English) was announced this week. This year's nominees include a number of authors and works already popular with US readers – and some less familiar names as well. The 2011 prize winner will be announced on March 15.