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The TBR List: October 23

The TBR List: October 23

Autumn in the Northeast is beautiful. We spent last weekend with family near Boston and spent an afternoon at Walden Pond, where the poet and author Henry David Thoreau famously lived in solitude for more than two years. It was a bright, clear day and we crunched along a narrow path around the pond to the spot where the small house Thoreau built once stood. Next to the cordoned off space where the house once stood is a rock memorial that seems to cover more space than the house's footprint. The stacked rocks, a tribute to Thoreau, were first placed in 1862, 10 years after his death. How lovely to see a tradition that's lasted so long.

- I tried (and loved) shakshouka for the first time while in Boston. This recipe looks good.

- This garden igloo is ridiculous/amazing.

- Leave it to Cynthia to make a humble pasta dish look incredible.

- It's silly, but I had no idea chapatis (South Asian flat bread) were so easy to make.

- Great fry pun spotted by my friend Kate.

- Quiz alert: Can you guess the famous novel based on its last line translated into emoji? (I got 5/10.)

- TimeOut lists Chicago's best bookstores.

- Speaking of Chicago, these are this year's Bib Gourmand (best affordable) winners.

- I'd love to come across a short story dispenser while waiting in line somewhere (preferably for donuts).

"Falling Man" by Don DeLillo & roasted broccoli grilled cheese

"Falling Man" by Don DeLillo & roasted broccoli grilled cheese

"Andrew’s Brain" by E.L. Doctorow & Black Forest cupcakes

"Andrew’s Brain" by E.L. Doctorow & Black Forest cupcakes