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Stacey Mei Yan Fong has been baking her way across the United States: Clockwise from upper left, a baked Alaska pie, Utah's funeral potato pie, Nevada's all you can eat buffet pie, South Carolina's peach pie, Ohio's buckeye pie, Iowa's s'mores pie, Missouri's frozen custard pie, and Minnesota's corn dog casserole pie. Stacey Mei Yan Fong hide caption

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An Ode, À La Mode: 1 Baker Savors America, Creating 50 Pies For 50 States

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An archival postcard of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., where much of the novel Even As We Breathe is set. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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'Even As We Breathe': A First Novel From A Teacher Who Writes For Her Students

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Jasmine Surti (far right) and three generations of her family celebrating Thanksgiving in Philadelphia in 2018. From left, front: Louise Aucott, Gabe Aucott with Juniper Chamberlin, Rachel Aucott, Sandhya Surti, Anjali Surti, Hemant Surti, Jasmine Surti 2nd row, starting from center: Steve Hoenstine, Aimee Landau, Mike Aucott Top: Ezra Landau. Aimee Landau/Jasmine Surti hide caption

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How To Plan – And Even Be Grateful – For A Socially Distanced Thanksgiving

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Anya Taylor-Joy plays a swaggering chess prodigy in the new Netflix hit, The Queen's Gambit. It's success may lead to a shortage of chess sets this holiday season. Phil Bray/Netflix hide caption

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Can't Find A Chess Set? You Can Thank 'The Queen's Gambit' For That

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Cecilia Chiang poses in her kitchen in 2014. She told NPR that when she first arrived in the U.S., she was shocked by the food most Americans considered to be Chinese. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Cecilia Chiang, Who Revolutionized American Chinese Food, Dies At 100

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The formerly missing panel is titled, There are combustibles in every State, which a spark might set fire to. --Washington, 26 December 1786, Panel 16, 1956. Anna-Marie Kellen/The Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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Artist In Residence Creates Portraits Of Reform At The District Attorney's Office

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Poet Louise Glück Wins 2020 Nobel Prize In Literature

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U.S. Poet Louise Gluck Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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Literature Prize Will Be The 4th Nobel Announced This Week

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Singer Helen Reddy, Known For 'I Am Woman,' Dies At 78

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Get Well Soon! is an online artwork of more than 200,000 comments from the GoFundMe website. Visit the Get Well Soon! site. Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain hide caption

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Artists Turn GoFundMe Comments Into A 'Get Well Soon!' Card For A Sick System

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Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle Dies At 38

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