Stephanie Topacio Long
Stephanie is a writer and editor. Her many hobbies include reading, learning languages, fantasy football, and knitting at the rate of one scarf every three years.

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‘Priestdaddy’ Is A Must-Read If You've Moved Home As An Adult

Millennials have developed a unique rite of passage: moving back in with our parents. For better or for worse, we have turned returning home into a common aspect of adulthood. The trend is not necessa...
By Stephanie Topacio Long

Plant-Based Sweeteners That Are Worth Checking Out

There is nothing like sampling new food to teach you about an unfamiliar place. Local specialties and staples can reveal a lot about a region’s history and culture, and it’s the perfect excuse to gorg...
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The New Nonfiction You Need To Read In June

Now that we’ve passed Memorial Day, summer is just weeks away. Poets throughout history have sung their praises of the season, so I don’t have to tell you how fantastic it is. Instead, I’ll just highl...
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A New Book Will Answer Every Question You've Ever Had About Your V

You’d think having a vagina for decades would be enough to make you an expert on the topic, but a lot of us still make mistakes when dealing with our Vs. They don’t come with instruction manuals, and ...
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The 19 Best Nonfiction Books Out In May 2017

It’s time to say goodbye to April and hello to May — and better still, to the latest and greatest in nonfiction. Scary as it is how quickly the months fly by, it’s always a comfort to know that at lea...
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What The Life Of A Travel Blogger *Really* Looks Like

I’m sitting in a sauna in the Philippines, muscles loose from a massage, but I can’t relax. There’s a 20-something woman seated to my left, and I’m finding it hard to sit in such a small space with a ...
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'The Trump Survival Guide' Lays Out A Plan To Get Mad & Get Active

For many of us, the emergence of Donald Trump as serious force in mainstream politics has made simply turning on the news or checking out social media enough to send our blood pressure through the roo...
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'The Return' Is The Thrilling True Story Of One Man's Quest For Answers

Writing can seem like a thankless undertaking at times, but for the newly-coined 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners, all of their hard work has paid off. The $10,000 check doesn’t hurt, but even better is th...
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The Nonfiction You Need To Read In April 2017

Spring is all about new beginnings, so we book-lovers can take that as an excuse to flip open the next title on our to-read lists. If that’s not a drastic enough start for you, you can always branch o...
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Love Wine? Add 'Cork Dork' To Your Reading List

Even though drinking wine has seemingly become millennial America’s favorite pastime, the truth is, most of us aren’t getting maximal enjoyment out of the tasting experience. No matter how much we dri...
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Inspiring Nonfiction About Female Space Pioneers

The Academy Award-nominated film Hidden Figures has done a fantastic job of reminding us all that white men aren’t the only heroes of the space age. Over the decades, and even centuries, women have pl...
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Essential Nonfiction Reads Out This Month

We’re supposedly in for a long winter this year after groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2. That means we may have to come up with more indoor activities to keep ourselves occupied dur...
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What It's Like Being A 'Bridesmaid For Hire'

Jen Glantz threw pockets of the internet in a tizzy in 2014 when she posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. Weird as many thought the idea was, it clearly st...
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The 16 Best Nonfiction Books Coming In February

We’re headed into the second month of the year, and 2017 has already been eventful, to say the least. If you’re in need of a book to digest the chaos, cope with it, or escape it, the reading options a...
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17 Of The Best Nonfiction Books Coming In January

We’ve finally made it out of 2016 — a year that was just plain rough in the eyes of many — and into 2017. The New Year brings more than potential, party horns, and resolutions, though. The months ahea...
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15 Fascinating Facts About Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a shining star in the literary world, but there is still a lot that isn’t commonly known about the perennial Nobel Prize favorite (and never the winner) — so who is Haruki Murakami?...
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25 Of The Best Nonfiction Books Of 2016

Some may say that 2016 is a year best forgotten, but by at least one standard, it was far from a disappointment: When it came to new books, writers gave us readers countless reasons to cheer. Each mon...
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Why The 'March: Book Three' NB Award Win Matters

Change has already come to the United States since last week’s Election Day. The results brought a swift shift in the direction in which our country seemed to be moving, washing in a wave of hate-fuel...
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15 Must-Read Nonfiction Books Out In November 2016

November and its cacophony of political noise is here. Although Election Day may be dominating your thoughts, it is not the only important aspect of the month to anticipate. The best nonfiction books ...
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NFL's Richard Sherman Is #HarryPotterGoals

The Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is arguably the best cornerback in football, and he may just be the NFL's No. 1 Harry Potter fan as well. He displayed his love for J.K. Rowling's magical series ...
By Stephanie Topacio Long

Social Media Makes Us More Anxious & Less Happy

Americans love the pursuit of happiness — just look at the Declaration of Independence; we’ve been on the hunt since day one, and our commitment shows no signs of wavering. Yet, are our hours (not to ...
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11 Romance Readers On Why They Love The Genre

If you love romance novels, chances are you’ve felt like you had to defend the genre at some point. Popular as the books are, there are plenty of peo
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Is THIS The Best Triwizard Tournament Task?

When the Triwizard Tournament rolled around in Harry Potter in the Goblet of Fire, the vaunted event made Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts memorable. Tasks weren’t held often, but each one was exciting...
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15 Romance Novels Set In Small-Town America

There’s something about life in small towns that breeds love — at least in romance novels. Many such a
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18 Must-Read Nonfiction Books Of September 2016

Summer is winding down, so you may soon have to retire your favorite outdoor reading spots for the next several months. Fortunately, there is just as much — if not more —
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Watching Gymnastics? This Book Is A Must-Read

There will be shiny leotards, sparkles, and hairspray aplenty during the women’s gymnastics competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but the sport offers much more fla
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This Is The Perfect Pre-Olympics Read

The history of gymnastics at the Olympics has as many highs and lows as an uneven bars routine; while there is a long tradition of glory, grace, power, and triumph, there have also been competitions a...
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The Beginner’s Guide To Romance Novels

The words “romance novel” can call up a lot of images, from your mother’s bookshelf to paperback covers with bare-chested men holding women whose dresses look in danger of slipping right off. May
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17 Nonfiction Books Coming In August 2016

August is bringing the 2016 Olympics to the world stage, but you should still carve out time to continue working on your “to read” list. Expect plenty of excellent nonfiction book releases in August 2...
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10 Beautiful Travel-Inspired Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books have gotten popular to the point that they've driven demand for colored pencils. So it’s no wonder that you can now find books featuring everything from Lisa Frank’s ’90s nostalgi...
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This Nonfiction Book Breaks Down Nordic Culture

Life in the United States can be pretty darn great, but it is far from universally perfect. While our country leads the rest of the world in many areas, there are others in which we could stand to tak...
By Stephanie Topacio Long

Inspiring Quotes From The Late Elie Wiesel

In surviving Auschwitz, the late Elie Wiesel lived through more horrors than most will ever have the misfortune of experiencing. Nonetheless, he didn’t let hatred and bitterness keep him from loving a...
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Tips For Being An 'Intelligent Conversationalist'

There’s an art to conversing with others. It is not enough to know how to skillfully strike up a discussion; you have to be able to keep others engaged, add interesting information, and otherwise
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16 Must-Read Nonfiction Books Due Out In June 2016

The official start of summer is just around the corner, so the time to start building your reading list for the upcoming season is now. The next few months are packed with excellent options, and June ...
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'It’s Okay To Laugh': Lessons For Life’s Struggles

We all know by now that life doesn’t dole out pain in an equitable fashion. Tragedies happen, whether or not we deserve them and whether or not it seems like we can handle them. Author Nora McInerny P...
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