Bittersweet: How Sorrow And Longing Make Us Whole

Anne Kearns

Described as “the perfect cure for toxic positivity and a sparkling ode to the beauty of the human condition” this book explores the beauty of the “bittersweet” side of life. Throughout Bittersweet, Cain explores the importance of sadness, how to transform pain into creativity, how to live authentically in a world only focused on the positive, and how to live knowing that we will die. The book is ultimately a defense of the melancholic side of life, proving that sadness can be beautiful and transformative. Through countless case studies, interviews, and scientific evidence she shows how a bittersweet state of mind is “the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain.” Cain states “Bittersweetness is a tendency to states of longing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death—bitter and sweet—are forever paired.”

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Recipe: Iranian Sholeh Zard

Sholeh zard is a traditional Iranian recipe that consists of rice pudding that has been colored and flavored with saffron. This dish is a very popular and ancient persian dessert that has been passed down throughout many generations. It was even enjoyed during the Persian Empire! People traditionally eat Sholeh Zard on Persian New Year or on other special occasions, whether it is something small like a nice dinner out or at a party. On very special occasions, Sholeh Zard is decorated with ground cinnamon and other edible pieces. It is definitely one of my family’s favorite Persian dishes and I hope that you can try it out someday!

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Review: The Book Thief

Anu Venkatesh

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is an exquisitely crafted book about life during World War Two in Germany. The narrator, Death, tells us the story of a young, German girl named Liesel Meminger. She has just lost all of her family: her father was taken away because he was a communist, her brother died, and her mom gave Liesel away, since her mother was constantly sick and had no money to take care of Liesel. At her brother’s funeral, Liesel uncovers a single object that will change her life: a book called The Grave Digger’s Handbook

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Recipe: Jjapaguri (Korean Instant Noodle Dish)

Haley Lee

“What is Jjapaguri?” the housekeeper asks, in the internationally recognized film ‘Parasite’.

Jjapaguri combines the delights of two distinct instant noodle companies: Chapagetti (짜파게티) and Neoguri (너구리). Chapagetti serves Jjajangmyeon, a Korean-Chinese noodle dish based on blackbean sauce, while Neoguri serves udon-type noodles based on spicy seafood flavored soup. The final dish–Jjapaguri–has the strong, savory taste of Jjajangmyeon with a spicy complement from the udon.

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Entrepreneur Magazine Analysis

Nikitha Srinivasan

The entrepreneur is an American magazine and website that spreads the news about business management, the stock market, and entrepreneurship. The magazine was published in 1997. It publishes 12 magazines annually and is available in over 6 countries. The company’s current owner is Peter Shea and its main editor is Jason Feifer. The website talks a lot about the stock market — it has the S&P 500 index of the day and several stock calculations, including Wall Street and Bitcoin. The website also includes a guide for building your business that discusses how to avoid problems, how to make deals, and network. 

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Man’s Search For Meaning Book Review

Anne Kearns

As well as providing a vivid account of his experience as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, Viktor Frankl’s Mans Search For Meaning gives insight on how to find meaning in a harsh and unforgiving world. In Man’s Search For Meaning, Frankl explains how we can choose to cope with suffering, find meaning in it, and learn to accept the responsibility that comes with it. He uses his own experience with suffering as an example of how, even in the most harrowing and cruel situations, one can find meaning. 

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A Book You Won’t Put Down: Crave by Tracy Wolff

Maitreyi Bharath

We as readers tend to overuse the phrase “I couldn’t put this book down”. I’ve devoured a host of books over the years. There aren’t many books that keep me hanging on to every word, transport me into a whole other world, and make me impatiently flip pages until there aren’t any left to turn. 

Tracy Wolff’s Crave has most definitely secured a place in this special category. Wolff has crafted a whole new world filled with plot twists, paranormals, romance, hilariously horrible jokes, and wonderfully in-depth characters that will have you craving for more with each inked syllable. 

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Attack On Titan

Caleb Shin

Have you ever watched or heard of the anime series Attack on Titan? If you haven’t you are missing out on a tremendously great success of story and show. I personally find this anime (from WIT and Mappa) to be a huge staple of anime and shows in general, and I believe that, along with its latest release of season four, one of the biggest and most anticipated anime releases ever, it is one of the greatest achievements in the show and film industry. This is simply because it is awfully realistic. 

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The Couple Next Door

Karen Guo

Do you like solving puzzles? Do you like finding clues throughout a movie or book while having a feeling of suspense rising in you? Are you one of those people who are thrilled to see a mystery is finally solved? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then The Couple Next Door is the right book for you, which is available as a paperback and hardcover on Amazon, and online on Kindle and Apple Book app.

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