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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13 Nonfiction Books You Can Finally Read In November (Including Joe Biden's Memoir!)

We’re hurtling toward the end of the year, but there are still numerous note-worthy stops along the way. The busy months ahead include NaNoWriMo, holiday madness, and even Tamagotchis returning stateside. Better still, there is some great fall readin…
By Stephanie Topacio Long

Why This Teen Author Does NOT Want To Read Her Book In 10 Years

If you’re a millennial like me, Generation Z might seem too different to understand — like a Snapchatting, screen-addicted mystery. Unlike you and me, they’ve never recorded songs off the radio for a mixtape, carried quarters in the pockets of their …
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This Couples Therapist Says You Should Stop Assuming Your Relationships Are Monogamous

For all that we might wish otherwise, the risk of being cheated on in a relationship never goes away entirely. Where there are rules, there are always possible temptations and transgressions. It’s a reality couple’s therapist Esther Perel has seen th…
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12 Nonfiction Books About Death To Answer All Your Morbid Questions

You’ve heard it many times before: Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Various versions of the quote have popped up over the centuries, dating back to at least the 1700s. (Fun fact: Benjamin Franklin was not the originator.) The truth of it seems…
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The 16 Best New Nonfiction Books To Read In October

Fall is in full swing, bringing new books as we head into a season of long, cold evenings. Luckily, October’s new releases in nonfiction will be the perfect accompaniment for your pumpkin spice lattes and mugs of hot apple cider. That should serve as…
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'Thanks, Obama' Is The Memoir You Need To Read If You've Lost Faith In Politics

Hope. Change. No pair of words seemed more magical than those two when they helped now former President Barack Obama electrify an electorate in 2008. Although we saw them lose some of their potency in the years that followed, they still pack a strong…
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The 15 New Nonfiction Books You Need To Read This September

We’ve made it through the dog days of summer, and now it is time to start preparing for fall in the best way: adding to your TBR. If you’re looking for nonfiction reads in particular, you should be excited; September’s new releases in nonfiction are …
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These New Nonfiction Books Are Perfect For Your Final Beach Days

The last full month of summer has arrived, but there is a silver lining to that depressing thought: August nonfiction is coming, as well. Before September closes out this wonderful season, there is plenty of fun — reading and otherwise — to be had. W…
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Add These Nonfiction Titles To Your TBR In July

We’ve hit the halfway point in 2017, and even though the year has been extremely eventful so far, you’re not alone if you can’t quite believe how fast July managed to sneak up on us. Yet, unbelievable or not, the month is here, along with its annual …
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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 necessarily a bad one, but it does create a situation in …
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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 gorge on delicious items. That’s how I discovered sorg…
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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 highlight the fact that summer reading is one of the be…
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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 many of us have big gaps in our knowledge thanks t…
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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 least another fantastic read is just around the corne…
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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 fellow traveler in silence. I’m torn between feeli…
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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 roof. The world has never been without problems, but …
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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 the recognition that comes with earning one of liter…
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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 out into a new genre or acquaint yourself with unfa…
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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 drink it, love it, and crave it, we often aren’t able…
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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 played a crucial role in many incredible celestial d…
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