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Confessions of a Failed Self-Help Guru

I traveled around the country telling strangers how to balance their workloads and better their lives—until I learned the hard way that the people offering to solve your...

Crushing Up Pain Pills and Spitting Out Lives in West Virginia Coal Country

An economically devastated swath of Appalachia became ground zero for America’s alarming epidemic of opioid addiction. These are the people trying desperately to lift themselves...

The Lonely and Dangerous Life of a Non-Believer in Saudi Arabia

Abandoned by my father and bullied by schoolmates, I once dreamed of becoming a teenage Jihadist. But it wasn’t until I abandoned Islam that I truly became a pariah.

I Wrote the Book on Getting Kicked Out of Book Clubs

I was a lonely writer in a strange new city. The Internet told me joining a book club would solve all my problems. But the Internet has never had to read historical romance about...

A Father Defends His Empty Nest

After a broken engagement, my daughter was just one more millennial moving back into her childhood bedroom. And I was one more aging parent feeling guilty for wanting my humble...