Arts and Culture

"Marcus Gavius Apicius purchased me on a day hot enough to fry sausage on the market stones."

So begins the tale of Thrasius, the fictional narrator of Feast of Sorrow. Released this week, the novel is based on the real life of ancient Roman noble Marcus Gavius Apicius, who is thought to have inspired and contributed to the world's oldest surviving cookbook, a ten-volume collection titled Apicius.

Paula Hawkins' 2015 book — The Girl on the Train — was a massive bestseller. A tense domestic thriller with a boozy, unstable narrator, it caught the imagination of a reading public desperate for the kinds of dark deeds and desperate women Gillian Flynn pioneered in Gone Girl a few years earlier.

Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds

Apr 24, 2017
Jillian Lauren
Sarah Stacke

Jillian Lauren boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale. Micaela Blei is an elementary school teacher trying to control a group of third-grade warmongers on the playground. Suzanne Vega's life is threatened hours before taking the stage at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, talks about serving 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Mother's Day Special 2017

Apr 20, 2017
Samuel Lewis Lee
Photo by Jason Falchook

Ophira Eisenberg confronts her fertility during a crisis.
Terry Wolfisch Cole wants preferential treatment as the oldest sister.
Andy Christie sends off his mother with a melody.
Samuel Lewis Lee is looked after by a mother's love.

More Women In The World

Apr 17, 2017
Jane Otai
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mary Kate O'Flanagan takes charge and responsibility at a funeral.

Gail Breslow is confronted about her religion at a school in Germany.

Ally Mason relunctantly fills a role in a school play.

Bess Stillman struggles with the difficulties of being a doctor.

Aryana Rose falls in love with a younger man.

Jane Otai takes action after suffering loss.

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