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Published 10 times a year, Reader’s Digest is a general interest magazine with a focus on food, health, people, crime, politics, and humor (9/12).
Reader’s Digest Editors
Barbara O’Dair, Executive Editor. Interviewed Jill Abramson, author of The Puppy Diaries (11/11).
Courtney Smith, Executive Editor
David Noonan, Features Editor, National Affairs
Dawn Raffel, Features Editor, Books. Featured excerpts from Jeffrey Kluger’s The Sibling Effect (9/11). Featured advice from Carl Pickhardt, author of Boomerang Kids (10/11).
Mini excerpts from John le Carre’s Our Kind of Traitor, David Baldacci’s thriller Hell’s Corner, Kristin Kimball’s memoir The Dirty Life, and Autobiography of Mark Twain (11/10).
Featured mini book excerpts from Adam Levin’s novel The Instructions, Deborah Treisman’s 20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker, James Kaplan’s bio Frank: The Voice, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. Featured Wonders of Life DVD, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, The Book of Leaves, Smarter by Sunday, Colonel Roosevelt, and The Little Book of Big Brain Games in their gift guide. Featured excerpts from Lewis Black’s I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas. Featured a poem from Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon (12/10).
Featured tips from Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times. Featured excerpts from Lars Kepler’s novel The Hypnotist; Lindsay Harrison’s memoir Missing; Glen Duncan’s novel The Last Werewolf; Rachel Shteir’s The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting; Bonnie Jo Campbell’s novel Once Upon a River; and David Browne’s Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and Lost Story of 1970 (8/11).
Featured excerpts from Amy Waldman’s novel The Submission, Alexandra Fuller’s memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Jonathan Raban’s travelogue Driving Home: An American Journal, Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, Tim Riley’s bio Lennon, and Laura Lippman’s thriller The Most Dangerous Thing. Featured an excerpt from The Legacy Letters. Featured advice from Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, authors of American Pickers Guide to Picking (9/11).
Reviewed Seeing Trees by Nancy Ross Hugo and photographer Robert Llewellyn. Featured excerpts from James Curtis’s Spencer Tracy: A Life; Jeanne Darst’s memoir Fiction Ruined My Family; Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel The Marriage Plot; Roz Chast’s What I Hate from A to Z; Dava Sobel’s A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos; and Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus. Excerpted from Please Fire Me by Jill Morris and Adam Chromy (10/11).
Excerpted from Calvin Trillin’s Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin. Featured Nathalie Herschdorfer’s Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past. Mini excerpts from Judy Collins memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, Joan Didion’s memoir Blue Nights, Tony Horwitz’s Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, Sue Grafton’s novel V Is for Vengeance, Larry Doyle’s Deliriously Happy (humor), and Hector Tobar’s novel The Barbarian Nurseries (11/11).
Featured John Peden’s photography book The Guitar Collection, a $1,050 book. Featured a poem from Alberto Rios in The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body. Featured stories from Rick Bragg, author of The Prince of Frogtown; Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican; Melissa Fay Greene, author of No Biking in the House Without a Helmet; Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow; Floyd Skloot, author of Cream of Kohlrabi; Lee Smith, author of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. Mini-excerpts from Thomas Thwaites’s science book The Toaster Project, Daniel Kahneman’s economics book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63, Lydia Millet’s novel Ghost Lights, David Baldacci’s thriller Zero Day, and Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects (12/11).
Excerpted from Kate Stone Lombardi’s The Mama’s Boy Myth, Bob Reiss’s The Eskimo and the Oil Men, and Kevin Neary and Leigh Tobin’s Major League Dads. Featured Jai Pausch’s Dream New Dreams. Mini excerpts and reviews of Edgar Allor’s Blue Highways Revisited, Richard Ford’s novel Canada, Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl, Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, Joshua Henkin’s novel The World Without You, Anakana Schofield’s debut novel Malarky. Short funny excerpt from Nancy Rica Schiff’s Odd Jobs and Odder Jobs (6/12).
Excerpted from Dawn Raffel’s memoir The Secret Life of Objects. Excerpted from Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden. Excerpted from Colin Powell’s It Worked for Me. Short reviews of Alex Stone’s Fooling Houdini, James Conway’s thriller The Last Trade, Terrie Williams’s The Odyssey of KP2 nature tale, Carlos Rulz Zafon’s novel The Prisoner of Heaven, Monica Wood’s memoir When We Were the Kennedys, Sheila Kohler’s thriller The Bay of Foxes (7/12).
Featured reviews of and excerpts from David Byrne’s How Music Works, T C Boyle’s novel San Miguel, Michael Chabon’s novel Telegraph Avenue, Shelley Emling’s biography of Marie Curie and Her Daughters, Susan Straight’s novel Between Heaven and Here, and David Abrams’ novel Fobbit. Featured Dean Koontz’s five favorite dog books. Excerpted from Tim Tebow’s memoir Through My Eyes (9/12).
Gift books: Schott’s Quintessential Miscellany, Henry Horenstein’s Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, 100 Shoes, The Art Museum, Nigel Warburton’s A Little History of Philosophy, The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry, E. H Gombrich’s A Little History of the World, and other gifts. Compiled by Lauren Gniazdoswki, Emilie Harjes, Elixabeth Kelly, and Natalie van der Meer (12/11).
Culture Digest: Alison Caporimo, Associate Editor. Covers art, sports, culture, entertainment.
Digital Digest: Beth Dreher, Senior Editor. Covers technology, gadgets, computers, etc.
Family Digest: Beth Dreher, Senior Editor
Excerpted 365 Thank Yous by John Kralic. Featured a quote from Bill Bryson, author of At Home: A Short History of Private Life (12/10). Featured bedtime storytellings tips from bestselling author Lemony Snicket (9/11). Excerpted from David Marin’s This Is Us: The New All-American Family and Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack (11/11).
Featured the pet peeves of five book authors: Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?; Lesley Carlin, coauthor of two books on manners and travel etiquette expert; Anna Post, coauthor of Emily Post’s Etiquette; Robin Abrahams, author of Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners; and Amy Alkon, author of I See Rude People (12/11).
Featured a tip from Math on Call (9/12).
Food Digest: Rachel Mount, Senior Editor, Food
Featured a recipe from Lynn Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift’s The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekend (9/11). Featured recipes from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook (10/11). Featured tips from Amy Traverso’s The Apple Lover’s Cookbook and Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible (11/11). Featured a quote from Adam Gopnik’s The Table Comes First (12/11). Featured an excerpt from Ursus Wehrli’s The Art of Tidying Up (12/11). Featured a recipe from The Art of French Baking (12/11).
Lauren Gniazdowski, Assistant Editor, Food. Interviewed 5 cookbook authors: Nigella Lawson, Amanda Hesser, Rachel Ray, Jamie Oliver, and Molly O’Neill (12/10). Featured 7 cookbooks: Moto Batali by Mario Batali, Home Made by Yvette Van Boven, Cook This Now by Melissa Clark, Ruhlman’s Twenty by Michael Ruhlman, The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook by Pat and Gina Neely, The Great American Cookbook by Clementine Paddleford, and The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook (12/11).
Health Digest: Lauren Gelman, Features Editor, Health.
Featured excerpt from Gary Small’s The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (12/11). Featured an excerpt from Natalie Wolchover’s Life’s Little Mysteries (9/12).
Home Digest: Alison Caporimo, Associate Editor
Featured Molly Jane Quinn and Jenna Talbott’s It’s Lonely in the Modern World and excerpted from Annie Selke’s Fresh American Spaces (11/11).
Laugh: Andy Simmons, Features Editor, Humor
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Excerpted a joke from Chloe Rhodes’s The Office Book (8/11). Featured the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book (12/11). Featured humor from Lawrence Dorfman’s Snark! The Herald Angels Sing and The Onion Presents: Christmas Exposed (12/11). Excerpt from Kathryn and Ross Petras’s The Book of All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists (12/11).
Featured excerpts from Eric Ruhalter’s The Kid Dictionary (7/12).
Excerpted from Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes 2, Joan River’s I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, Diane Falanga’s P.S. I Still Hate It Here, Bob Carey’s Ballerina, and Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn’t Be (9/12).
Jeanne Marie Laskas, Columnist, Ask Laskas. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Q&A advice column on manners, parents, partners, or office politics. Each month they ask you to give your advice on a specific problem featured in the magazine.
Travel Digest: Alison Caporimo, Associate Editor
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Brenda Schmerl, Managing Editor, RD.com
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