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Fashion books that offer more than good looks

Fashion books usually appeal to the eye with zippy photographs, playful illustrations, arresting typefaces. But the best of them will offer something for the head and heart – a surprising point of view, thoughtful essays, a distinctive style – that makes the experience memorable. Consider these three new books: "John Galliano Unseen" (Yale University Press, $60) by Robert Fairer; "Food in Vogue" (Abrams, $75), edited by Taylor Antrim; and "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" (The Museum of Modern Art, $45) by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher.

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On Gardening: Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut-flowers

This fall has been amazing for those of us who have been growing the Bouquet series of dianthus. The flower power of this dianthus is unmatched in the gardening world. I admit there was a little anxiety with the recent winter storm called Benji. Now Bouquet Purple was a Minnesota Select Perennial Plant of the Year, so we know it has excellent cold-hardiness.

Home & Garden

How to avoid buyer's remorse

You've dreamed about that new home and finally signed on the dotted line. But then the uncertainties creep in. Was it the right choice? Did I pay too much? Can I really make the payments?

Home & Garden

Fireworks ensue when past meets present in 'The Distance Home'

During the holiday season, many of us will be heading back to a place we think of as home. Orly Konig's debut novel shows us that no matter how many miles you've put between you and your formative experiences, they'll still beg for attention when you reach that heart-tugging, familiar turf – and maturity may not be enough to counter returning feelings of awkwardness.

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