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  • Jodi Picoult’s All-Time Favorite Reads

    By Woman's Day Staff



    Sing You HomeSing You HomeBook Talk

    Knowing what an author's choice reads are is like getting a glimpse into their mind. So we couldn't resist the opportunity to check out the literary picks of best-selling author Jodi Picoult, who recently released her 18th novel, Sing You Home, about the challenges same-sex couples face when marrying and adopting. (She is also the author of My Sister's Keeper, which hit the big screen in 2009.) Read through to see the writing that Picoult loves, as well as the authors she's looked up to along her own novel journey. Photo credit: Atria Books










    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    "Hemingway's 1920s tale of jealousy among five men in love with the same woman entranced me with its short, direct writing-what's not said is more important than what is said." Photo credit: Simon and Schuster
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    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

    "My go-to children's book, this story flips the

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  • A Boy’s Best Friend

    By Gay Norton Edelman

    A Boy's Best FriendA Boy's Best Friend

    Wendy Falk didn't set out to find a dog that would transform her 11-year-old's life. The Oshkosh, WI, mom just wanted her son, Jarod-diagnosed with autism at 18 months-to overcome his terror of them. "Our neighbors and my brothers have dogs," says Wendy, 37. "Jarod would have a meltdown anytime he saw one." Worse, she says, "He couldn't connect with people at all." Photo credit: Christina Hyde

    A friend at the school where Wendy taught told her about a puppy he was raising for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a national organization that provides dogs who alert their deaf owners to sounds like the phone ringing, perform tasks for the physically disabled such as turning on lights, and help the developmentally disabled overcome social isolation. Wendy thought, Could a CCI dog help Jarod? "I desperately wanted him to have a friend, someone to give him unconditional love," she says.
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    In the meantime, Jarod, then 9,

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  • WD’s Guide to Planning a Family Vacation

    By Angela Ebron

    If you've ever planned a trip, you've probably gone online for plane tickets, hotel reservations and reviews. But it's not just websites like Travelocity and Orbitz that offer great deals and information-there's a slew of other places to look, including cool phone apps. These resources cover all the bases.

    1. Getting There

    Useful Websites

    Kayak.com Compares prices at multiple travel and airline sites to help you find the cheapest plane tickets. Just click on the flight you want and you're automatically aed to the travel site or airline's website to book. (There are no fees to use Kayak; other sites sell you the ticket.)

    Yapta.com Tracks airline prices daily and sends you an e-mail alert if the fare drops-even after you book (in which case you may be eligible for a credit).

    SeatGuru.com Guides you to the best airplane seats. Leg room? Seat width? Most comfortable? You'll find out here.

    AirfareWatchDog.com People, not computers, search

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  • How to Treat a Headache

    By Alyssa Shaffer

    How to Treat a HeadacheHow to Treat a HeadacheQ:Your head is pounding and you don't know what to do. The keys to feeling better: knowing what kind you have and figuring out the likely cause. Three experts weigh in on how to get rid of the pain.

    A:The professor says... Pinpoint the type.

    How you treat your headache depends on what kind it is, so pay attention to your symptoms. If you have a pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of your head mixed with nausea and/or vomiting, auras (visual changes), sensitivity to light or sound, and/or tingling in your face or hands, you probably have a migraine. Changes in weather, lack of sleep and/or a drop in estrogen right before your period are common triggers. Over-the-counter (OTC) migraine formulas can help (like Excedrin or Advil Migraine), but prescription drugs often work best for severe cases.
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    OTC medications can also help other types of headaches, like tension headaches (a dull ache in your forehead, temples or

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  • The Books that Changed Our Lives

    By Mandy Major

    Like the ink on their pages, some books are bound to be indelible. Whether it was an eye-opening mystery in grade school or a powerful work of nonfiction in adulthood, there are books that have a special power to transport, inspire and propel us toward new ways of thinking and living. See which picks influenced the WD team and share your own influential book in the comments below.


    The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene

    This was my first Nancy Drew, when I was 8. She was smart, brave and capable of getting out of any kind of scrape you could imagine. The book also turned me on to series books: I loved the fact that you don't always have to say goodbye to a character when the story ends. -Diane Oatis, Woman's Day Copy Director
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    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    I read On the Road in 10th grade, after my American history teacher recommended it. I had always been an avid reader, but this was the first book that really
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  • Save Money on Produce This Summer

    By Sara Eckel

    Fresh, Delicious ProduceFresh, Delicious ProduceFresh, Delicious Produce
    Buttery sweet corn, succulent strawberries and juicy tomatoes are some of the best parts of summer. The prices? Not so much. With the cost of your favorite fruits and veggies rising as much as 3.5% this year, you need some insider help. So, supermarket owners, produce managers and money experts spilled their secrets on stretching your summer food dollars, meaning you won't miss out on a single bite. Photo credit: iStock


    Tomatoes

    Skip the cherry tomatoes and go for the larger round ones, which are usually about 50¢ to $1 less per pound. Better yet, grow your own. Ashley Watson, writer for the frugal-living blog Wise Bread and a former produce section associate, says they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. For how-tos, ask around at your local garden club or nursery. Photo credit: iStock

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    Avocados

    Buy your guacamole fixings at a Latin supermarket. "While

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  • Super Summer Party Ideas

    By Ayn-Monique Klahre

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    Get the Party Started

    Create a pretty palette of teal, orange and yellow with a few quick additions. Roll craft paper down the table as a runner and hang paper fans and garlands from the rails. Fill paint-dipped containers (see directions on slide 4) with flowers to complete the look. Photo credit: Tina Rupp/Woman's Day


















    Accent Pieces

    Glue pairs of paper circles (cut by hand or with a large hole punch) onto twine for an easy garland. Photo credit: Tina Rupp/Woman's Day
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    Painted Pins

    Painted clothespins do double duty: They keep your napkin handy, and help you figure out which plate is yours if you set it down for a sec. Photo credit: Tina Rupp/Woman's Day




















    Paint-Dipped Vase

    Materials:

    · Glass jar, rinsed, label removed
    · Latex-based interior paint
    · Water, if necessary

    1. On a newspaper-covered surface in a well-ventilated area, dip jar partway into paint. (You may have to thin paint with

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  • How Popular Pet Breeds Got Their Names

    By Alexandra Gekas

    History of Dogs and CatsHistory of Dogs and Cats

    History of Dogs and Cats

    Whether you're a dog person or a cat person, the perfect pet for your home depends a lot on what the animal is bred to do. For instance, if you want a pup to cuddle up with, a Bichon Frise, a lap dog that originated as a companion to French royal families, may be your speed. But if you prefer a running mate, an athletic German Shepherd may be a better bet. And the same goes for cats. To help you choose the new addition to your family, we looked into the origins of well-loved feline and canine breeds. Read on to learn about their backgrounds and find a furry friend that fits your lifestyle. Photo credit: Thinkstock










    Dog: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    If you're looking for an even-tempered buddy, this toy spaniel might be the perfect pick. Named after Britain's King Charles II, who was such a fan of the breed that he never went anywhere without his pack, the Cavalier was bred predominantly as a companion dog, but was also used

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  • When to Buy Natural Beauty Products

    By Melissa Matthews Brown

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    Super Naturals

    These days, the beauty aisle at your local drugstore is stocked with bottles labeled all-natural and organic. In fact, sales of these cosmetics reached $11 billion last year. And despite the abundance of options, adopting a greener routine doesn't mean pickling yourself in hemp seed oil or patchouli. "A good place to start is with your moisturizer and anything applied near your eyes and lips," says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules. "The ingredients in these products are more likely to be absorbed into your body or ingested." For more natural know-how and some standout products to try, read below. Photo credit: Getty Images









    Learn the Lingo

    The Label Says: Natural

    These products contain a higher percentage of plants and minerals, but may not be completely free of synthetics. To make sure what you're buying is truly natural, check the ingredients. The first five should be naturally derived (think essential oils and

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  • Boost Your Health Now

    By Abigail Cuffey

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    Easy Fixes

    Flip through for a simple (but effective) shape-up shortcut, the best kind of toothbrush, energy-enhancing snack suggestions and why your joints creak. Photo credit: Thinkstock










    Beginner's Burpee

    This exercise-called a burpee-goes from a push-up to a standing jump, so it's a great multitasker, working your arms, shoulders, chest, back, core and lower body, says Leigh Crews, spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise, and a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor in Cedar Bluff, AL. If that sounds a little too intense, you can make the move easier and still reap the benefits. Photo credit: Shannon Greer/Woman's Day

    DO 2 SETS OF 10:

    A. Stand in front of a table or counter up to 3 feet high. Bend over and place your hands on the top of the ledge, then step your feet back one at a time so your torso forms a straight line. Do a push-up.

    B. Walk your feet back in, stand up and raise your arms over your head.

    BUMP UP

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