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The TBR List: Freedom

The TBR List: Freedom

Happy Fourth of July weekend! I am so excited for the three-day weekend, even though I haven't quite figured out my plans yet. It was a crazy week at work — Chicago implemented a new 'cloud tax' and my reporting on it landed me a front page story, a couple of radio hits and more tweets than I've gotten on any topic, ever. Phew. An exciting week, to be sure, but now I'm looking forward to a fun and relaxing holiday weekend. Hope yours is the same!

- The big one: The New York Times suggested putting peas in your guac and people freaked out.

- A fun video chronicling literature in Wes Anderson films

- An Italian taste-tested American junk food and the results were embarrassing.

- Don't discriminate against ugly veggies! (It's hard, I know.)

- How to make the best ice cream mix-ins.

- Diary-style novels by female authors worth reading.

- Everything you need to know about English tea times.

- Last year for the Fourth, I made a crostata with raspberries and blueberries with a riff on this recipe.

- I love the bookshelves in this beautiful home.

- If I hadn't already decided to be lazy this weekend, I'd make Stephanie's red white and blue mini pavlovas

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple — book club discussion and menu

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple — book club discussion and menu

"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver & pan dulce

"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver & pan dulce