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Excerpt: A dog’s diagnosis leads to the savoring of mornings and appreciation for every detail

In "Rough Beauty," the author and her canine companion, Elvis, refuse to await the end and instead relish the days

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That time a Colorado comic took a Hollywood meeting armed with indifference

In "Tragedy Plus Time," the prologue recounts the emotional conflict when professional success arrives in the wake of personal loss

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The roots of the Gold King Mine disaster run deeper than the river it polluted

In "River of Lost Souls," author Jonathan Thompson explores disparate forces -- including labor strife -- that ultimately led to missteps that tainted the Animas River

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SunLit excerpt: Financial advice that homes in the fear that one day you’ll need money and not have it

In "Wealth by Virtue," author Chad Gordon counsels optimism and, through powerful anecdotes, looking beyond the bottom line

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Excerpt: A daughter fends off her mother’s cultural expectations as her college experience looms

She wants to enter Stanford ready to take on the tech world, while her traditional mom wants to groom her to pursue an I.I.H. -- Ideal Indian Husband

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Presidents’ affinities for foods reveal their humanity, but alcohol has proven a dicier deal throughout history

In "The President's Kitchen Cabinet," renowned food writer Adrian Miller explores the African Americans who fed First Families, but also how different administrations handled the fraught topic of temperance

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SunLit excerpt: A life complicated by her mother’s mental illness led author on a complex journey

Joan C. Lieberman's autobiography has a unique point of view: the psychological concept of "Optimal Distance" defined her life with a sometimes homicidal mother with paranoid schizophrenia

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SunLit: The awkward, wonderful, mortifying moment when a high school improv performance takes an unexpected turn

In "A Messy, Beautiful Life," improvisational comedy leads the book's protagonist into an embarrassing on-stage connection -- before a packed theater