Harriet Russell

15 Summer Reads Handpicked By Indie Booksellers

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HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn tracks the relationship between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) as Gellhorn begins to develop her voice as a war correspondent, beginning with the Spanish Civil War. HBO hide caption

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Power Couple, Covering War (And Waging Their Own)

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Students and seniors discussed Claude Monet's Sunset at Pourville during a recent visit to the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. The Kreeger Museum hide caption

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A Museum Visit For Art Lovers With Alzheimer's

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Colorful Visions At African-American Art Exhibit

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21st Century Vietnam Leaves War In The Past

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Richard Diebenkorn's 1975 work Ocean Park #79, features pastel blues, lavenders and aquas — and thin strips of deep red and green at the top to draw the viewer's gaze upward. The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn/Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art hide caption

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In 'Ocean Park,' Gentle Portraits Of California Light

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Alexander Payne's The Descendants has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editor and Best Actor. Payne co-wrote and directed the film, which stars George Clooney as an indifferent dad struggling to raise two daughters. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne

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At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

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The Charmed, Charming Life Of Rosamond Bernier

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Grover Cleveland's wife, Frances, was a fashion icon during the late 1800s and was considered the Jackie Kennedy of her day. Her inaugural gown was more of a two-piece ensemble — an elegant floral chine skirt and a peach velvet bodice crafted by House of Doucet of Paris. Hugh Talman/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Dancing Through History With First Ladies' Gowns

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Powerful Portraits Capture China's Empress Dowager

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Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads

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Anchorphibian: Kermit the Frog does the backstage-chat thing with Amy Adams and Jason Segel in The Muppets. Scott Garfield/Disney hide caption

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For Muppeteers, It Isn't Easy Being Invisible

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Thanksgiving At The White House: First families have a lot to be thankful for — including the world-class chefs who make their food. Susan Stamberg shares her mother-in-law's cranberry relish recipe with two veteran presidential chefs. They say it reminds them of the infamous "cheddar cheese ring" from the Carter administration. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Mrs. Stamberg's Relish Goes To Washington

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The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For Gertrude Stein, Collecting Art Was A Family Affair

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