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Is suffering secret? Should it be?

“In my part of France, we have a saying, ‘a secret is something you tell one person at a time,’” says Miranda Richmond Mouillot, author of A Fifty-Year Silence.

“It’s meant to be funny, but I think it’s also very deep: some of the stories we tell are only meant to be shared with the person to whom we’re speaking directly, who we’ve chosen, who’ll stick around for further explanations, who can compare it to the other things we’ve said over the years.”

We’re delighted to share this delicious one pot recipe for spicy turkey chili. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash.

The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes—organized by vessel—to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation.

Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker.

When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider.

But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God–“Be me to her”– despite how it threatens his way of life.

The Marauders is so damned good you won’t believe it’s a first novel,” says Stephen King.

“By the time you reach page 20, you won’t care. It’s rollicking, angry, eye-popping, and fall-on-the-floor funny, sometimes in the course of a single scene. The cast is winning, the post-Katrina bayou setting is richly evoked, the dialogue crackles, and the story rolls on a wave of invention.

It’s a little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis, and very much its own uniquely American self. Basically, Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel.”

Witty and wonderful, sparkling and sophisticated, this debut romantic comedy brilliantly tells the story of one very messy, very high-profile divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it.

Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers, this playful reinvention of the epistolary form races along with humor and heartache, exploring the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails. For Sophie, the whole affair sparks a hard look at her own relationships—not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself.

Who says only the children get to dress up? From Miss Havisham to Mrs. Whatsit, here are 10 Halloween literary costumes for the bookish prankster in all of us.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, fall has descended upon us,” observes Emily Ansara Baines. “Leaves are changing. The wind is more brisk than refreshing. And the children now no longer want to play outside, making getting solitary reading time a tad more hard to come by.

Luckily, with the fall season comes a myriad of fun holidays, including my personal favorite—Halloween! There’ll be no need for tricks—and plenty of treats—with these getups!”