We don't know if George Washington was saying hello or goodbye in the above portrait, circa 1789. But John Avlon says the first president had one very important goodbye as he left office; Avlon's new book is called Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations.
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"Anger isn't something that is solely a rural, American, white guy emotion," says novelist Nickolas Butler. Below, he and Jennifer Haigh recommend books about a range of American experiences.
In Paterson, Adam Driver's character does the same thing every day. "Routine is very liberating and nurturing for him," says director Jim Jarmusch.
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Massumeh Farhad points to one of the Qurans in the exhibition. As curator, she flipped through all of the books on display. "Every page is absolutely breathtaking," she says.