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Lois Fischer Black, curator of Special Collections, left, and Christine Roysdon, director for Collections, examine a 15th-century manuscript at Lehigh's Linderman Library. (Ed Hille/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Bringing Medieval Works to the Digital World

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bethlehem, Pa. — At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows …

Book Notes: Group to Discuss‘Between the World and Me’ in West Lebanon

Friday, February 12, 2016

The most-talked-about nonf iction book of 2015, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which takes on the sadly eternal issue of American racism …

An Operatic Novel of a 19th Century Diva

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (561 pages, $28) Alexander Chee’s second novel, The Queen of the Night, has a …

Movie Review: Genre Mashup of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Doesn’t Mesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest incarnation of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a most accomplished young woman. She’s studious, spunky, quick-witted and multilingual. And you should see the way she slaughters zombies. After all, she studied combat in China. For all the blood and guts, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is …

Celebrate Your Way With a Nod to Family Traditions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your wedding day? It’s “your” day. It’s all about you. Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born. It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing — …

White River Rotary Club Honors Award Winners

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quechee — White River Rotary Club honored several of its members at an awards dinner last month at Murphy’s Farm. The awards honor achievements from the past Rotary year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Nicolaas Bekker, president of the club for two consecutive terms, received …

Man Buns Are Here to Stay

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Akron, Ohio — When Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala last month, the Twittersphere lit up. Some Bieber watchers welcomed the new ’ do. Some scorned it. Cinnabon saw it as an …

The Wintry, Wild Side of Yosemite

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A lone coyote darts through a snowy meadow, disappearing into the mist enshrouding a grove of cedars. Icicles sparkle from the mossy trunks of massive pine trees. Snow drifts and waterfalls tumble down the faces of majestic granite …

‘Love Story’ Stars Return to Harvard

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus last Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names …

Cassettes Are Cool Again

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steve Stepp likes to tell people his company is still around after 45 years thanks to his stupidity and stubbornness. As the owner of family-run National Audio Co., the last business to manufacture audio cassette tapes on a …

Reporter’s Book Details Seattle Murder Case

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat in the sun to talk, which made us both happy, since so much of what brought Eli Sanders and me to this meeting was steeped in darkness: The sweltering July night in 2009 when Jennifer Hopper …

Korean Woman Raises Dogs Saved From Streets

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Asan, South Korea — Puppies bark and wag their tails as they follow a gray-haired woman through a hillside compound that shelters more than 200 dogs. “Hey, my babies. Give your mom a kiss,” said Jung Myoung Sook, …

Reading Like a (Nearly) Ivy Leaguer

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If you want an Ivy League education, you could fork over $200 grand or so and go to Cornell or Harvard for four years. Alternatively, you could save a ton of cash by simply reading the same books Ivy League students are assigned. That became easier recently with …