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John DeBary worked for years in the New York City bar business. He is a wine and spirits writer and also launched the non-alcoholic aperitif Proteau about a year before the release of his book, "Drink What You Want: The Subjective Guide to Making Objectively Delicious Cocktails" (Clarkson Potter). The title resonates with me because I have always given the same advice, regardless of the recommended pairings.

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Sometimes nothing kick-starts us better than falling in love all over again with a beloved old book or a favorite writer.

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In “Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics,” Waller and her writers relied heavily on this comprehensive history of the battle over the ERA and the still-raging culture war it ignited. Spruill, a historian and professor at the University of South Carolina, provides a detailed account of the 1977 Women’s Convention — a pivotal but overlooked event in the women’s movement that’s the focus of a standout episode later in the series. Spruill “did a really impressive job on the political history,” Waller says, “and really giving context to how the battle between the ‘pros’ and the ‘antis’ fit within a larger political history and landscape.”

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TRUMP, recalling his days as the owner of the Miss Universe pageant: "It's a great thing. And we had a winner from Ukraine." — remarks Wednesday before a meeting with Zelenskiy.

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If you didn't know Phoebe Waller-Bridge before, well, you certainly do now.

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TRUMP: "We passed something they wanted to do for half a century: We passed VA Choice." — North Carolina rally.

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A moving, character-driven story of three generations of an African American family. The second short novel for adults by the accomplished writer for children. (Riverhead; Sept. 17) 

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TRUMP: "I am the least racist person. Black ... Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!" — tweet Tuesday.

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Residents of a shanty town in Lima have witnessed the construction of the multi-million dollar Villa María del Triunfo sporting complex from their cardboard and wooden shacks. That conflicts with their decades-old and largely unanswered demands to the government for drainage, roads and drinking water in one of the world's driest capitals.

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This beautiful genuine leather sketchbook/journal includes 200 sheets of handmade, cream-colored, acid-free paper. The blank pages also work great for writing, making this a great gift for either an artist or a writer.  It even includes its own gift box!

Today is Sunday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2017. There are 147 days left in the year.

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