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The Virtues of Living in a Small Space

It’s a tale as old as caves (probably): If only I had some more space! When writer Elizabeth Passarella relocated from the south, where she was raised, to less spacious digs in Manhattan and began raising a family, the questions from home were as numerous as the taxis in her new city. Although she didn’t really need to defend her life choices to her friends and family, she did. The result, as hilariously chronicled in her new book Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York, will speak to you if you’ve ever coveted an extra bedroom. The truth is, space can be overrated.

A Q+A with Capricia Marshall: How to Negotiate

Capricia Penavic Marshall, President Obama's former United States chief of protocol, has seen and done a thing or two — all with extreme diplomacy and grace (two important pillars of Protocol, which happens to be the title of her new book). Here, she explains why protocol matters whether you’re dealing with visiting dignitaries or friends and family, and offers her best tips on how to negotiate.