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City Life

Ten Years After Oprah Book Pick, Philly’s Ayana Mathis Is Back

In 2012, Germantown native Ayana Mathis suddenly found herself thrust into the spotlight when Oprah Winfrey singled out her debut novel for the famous book […]

City Life

Philly Books We Love: Jenny Laden’s This Terrible True Thing

Jenny Laden had a premonition of her funeral, and drag queens were there. This was about 10 years ago, just after the Philadelphia native returned […]

Things to Do

The Best Books to Read This Summer

Picture this: You’re at the Shore, toes in the sand, sun on your skin. The sounds of crashing waves and cawing gulls float on the […]

Be Well Philly

This Philly Author Says Everything We Think We Know About Resilience Is Wrong

For the past three years, the word “resilience” has cropped up countless times in conversations, books, TV ads and on social media. It’s been used […]

Be Well Philly

This New Book by a Local Psychotherapist Wants You to Explore Your Dark Side (For Good!)

In one of her lesser-known (but totally underrated) songs, “Dark Side,” Kelly Clarkson sings about a “place that I know / It’s not pretty there […]

City Life

Buzz Bissinger on Why He Refuses to Teach His Book Friday Night Lights at Penn

There are few men we could interview in this space who could talk about their Gucci leather addiction, winning a Pulitzer at the Inquirer, their […]

Life & Style

Mix the Perfect Cocktails for Your Favorite Albums With New Booze & Vinyl Book

Self-described children of a “low-fi household,” the Darlingtons have specialized more in nostalgia than prognostication. The local brother-and-sister authors Andre and Tenaya had already collaborated […]

City Life

New Book Reveals How Ben Franklin Stoked a Rivalry Between Boston and Philly

If our cover story on Ben Franklin whetted your historical appetite — and you enjoyed Ken Burns’s PBS documentary on the city’s fave founding father […]

City Life

New Book Celebrates What Makes Philly a “City of Homes”

The Center City District’s glossy February report on “Residential Resiliency” arrived with a loud cheer for what it calls “Greater Center City,” defined as stretching […]

Be Well Philly

This Philly Writer Was Super Burned Out, So She Took Two Years of “Radical Rest”

It’s no secret that much of the United States operates on full speed in practically every area of life. Americans work too much (leaving us […]

Be Well Philly

We Could All Benefit From a “Funtervention,” According to This Philly Author

In 2017, Philly writer Catherine Price was taking intentional, prolonged breaks from her phone as part of her research for her book, How to Break […]

Philadelphia bookstores
City Life

34 Philadelphia-Area Bookstores for When You Need a Really Good Read

Well, beloved Center City bookstore Joseph A. Fox is about to turn its last page. After an amazing 70-year run, the Sansom Street spot will […]

City Life

This Lavish New Book Explores Italy’s Legacy in Philly

This city’s Italian roots run deep, and a new book out from Temple University Press, The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, does a thorough job of […]

Big East
City Life

A New Book Traces the Rocky, Riveting History of Big East Hoops

Just as college basketball season gets rolling, The Athletic sportswriter Dana O’Neil presents us with a new book, The Big East: Inside the Most Entertaining […]

Be Well Philly

6 Philadelphia Women on How Their Tattoos Help Them Cope with Trauma

People get tattoos for a variety of reasons: to honor a loved one, to represent part of their culture, to express themselves, to commemorate a […]