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Books

Eight Works of Engaging Nonfiction You Should Read in 2014

Sometimes I feel it’s really hard to find good, well-written non-fiction that’s really engaging. So I’ve made a list of eight page-turners about truly interesting people and interesting stories.

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Science

The Secret Life of “Shamu”

So, you’ve seen Blackfish. Or maybe you haven’t, but are curious what all the fuss is about. I’ve been researching the subject for the last two months and have made a list of the dark secrets SeaWorld doesn’t want you to know about.

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Books

Book Review: “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls” by Emilie Autumn

Talking rats, striped stockings, a good cup of tea, and a long stay at the most “experimental” madhouse in Victorian London. What else would one expect from Emilie Autumn?

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Pop Culture

The Royal Fetus: A Guide to Britain’s Most Famous Not-Yet-Person

So, Kate Middleton, now formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, finally went and got herself knocked up. For the last month, the royals have been sorting out issues involving Kate’s health and well-being and what will be done about her planned engagements for the next year. Finally, it’s getting to be time to talk […]

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Persephone Birthday

Best of P-Mag: Badass Ladies of History: Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Princess Anne County

As my daughter gets older, I realize the serious gap in my knowledge when it comes to Badass Ladies of History. Reading about Grace Sherwood, and the history behind “Witchduck Road” stuck with me. When my daughter is old enough, she’s going to love our archive of Bad Ass Ladies. -Sally J.

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Princess Anne County

Near where I grew up, there’s a street called Witchduck Road. It’s called that because there was a “witch” and she had to be “ducked” to find her guilty. Grace Sherwood was tried, and convicted, of witchcraft in Colonial Virginia. Really, she was just a tough lady trying to make it work in a man’s […]

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Quotable

Reading Someone Else’s Letters

Hardly anyone writes letters anymore, and that’s a crying shame because when it comes time to tell the story of our age, the historians of the future will have a lot less to draw on. I love reading dead people’s love letters. It’s the best way to get inside someone’s head and get a glimpse […]

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History

The Princess Who Became a Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for sixty years. She holds no political power, and isn’t even allowed to publicly reveal what her political preferences are. But Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is one of the most famous and iconic women of our era. She was a beautiful, elegant princess who charmed the world and at only […]

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Books

Book Review: “Resurrection of the Romanovs” by Greg King and Penny Wilson

In 1918, seventeen-year-old Anastasia Romanov was brutally murdered alongside her parents and four siblings. After her death, a series of impostors turned up, hoping to claim a nonexistent inheritance. Anna Anderson was the most famous of these, and her story captivated the world for decades.

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Ladyguides Style

Thrift Store Style: The Ten Major Types of Clothes You’ll Find

A decent thrift store will have a wide variety of clothing to chose from, but from my own fashion experiance there are ten major types of things to be found digging through the racks. This is a guide to what you’ll find, and how to wear it.

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Style

Thrift Store Style: The Affordable and Eco-friendly Way to Shop

I love thrift stores. Some of my best clothes come from thrift stores, and thrifting is both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than buying things new. It’s one of the few things you can do that’s good for the earth and cheaper than the alternative. It’s also surprisingly fashionable.

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Food

Delicious K-bars: They Taste So Much Better Than Skinny Feels

A  staple in my house, K-bars are a delicious snack made from Special K cereal. Chocolate-peanut buttery goodness with no baking involved. Less than 20 minutes of preparation time!

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History

The King Is Dead: A Morbid Tale of Murder and Monarchy

In January 1936, King George V died. Everyone thought it was natural causes, and they continued to believe that for fifty years. Here’s what really happened, and how the royal family kept it quiet.

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Perspectives

A Very Important Person

I was taking applications at a model call in the summer of 2011. I noticed Becca immediately. Working in the modeling world since childhood, I knew a supermodel when I saw one. Becca was 5’10”, a size four, and had one of the most amazing faces I’d ever seen. This girl was going places.

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Pop Culture

The Royal Wedding: Thoughts One Year Later

A year has passed since Prince William married Catherine Middleton. I remember setting the alarm on my phone to wake me up at 3 a.m. I switched back and forth between the coverage on CNN and BBC America. I was liveblogging the event on Tumblr, alongside some of my favorite bloggers. In the few days […]