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At Home, on Zoom, With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Her Family



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After one of the saddest days in U.S. history earlier this week, the Harris-Emhoff family is here to bless our timelines with five minutes of pure joy. Like many families across the U.S. during the pandemic, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff have been gathering on Zoom with far-flung family members most Sundays. The chats bring together grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, children, and siblings from across the country and around the world, including Canada, India, and Italy. (The VP-elect’s team wouldn’t give us a full list of who’s who and their exact locations due to security concerns.)

In this oh so relatable video, filmed on January 3, we learn the soon to be Second Family is…just like us! They pass out early on New Year’s Eve, wear the same sweatshirt over and over (thanks for affirming my hygiene choices, Doug!), and have mixed feelings about eating the same leftovers for days on end. We also learn how the VP-elect rang in the New Year. Doug cooked “the best steaks in the world,” on December 31, while Kamala cooked a feast of black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread, and fried catfish on New Year’s Day. (Ella, I see you drooling over the menu and…same.)

Members of the Harris-Emhoff family gathered on Zoom on Sunday, January 3, to mark the New Year.

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As hard as the last year has been, one silver lining for many—including the Harris-Emhoffs—has been realizing that in a remote world, our relationships with family and friends are no longer dictated by geography. “We are so blessed as a family to have each other, and all the zooms—Doug and I talk about it all the time—all the Zooms that we’ve been doing every Sunday some combination of all the family,” Kamala says.

“There’s no way we could have gotten through this crazy year without you and doing these Zooms,” Doug adds. “We have said to each other, like everyone, we’re sad we can’t be with everyone in person, but then we say, but we’re so much closer with our entire family because of these Zooms.”

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Kiley Reid on ‘Goosebumps,’ Cat Marnell, and the First Book She Ever Bought



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Portrait by David Goddard / Illustration by Yousra Attia

Welcome to Shelf Life,’s books column, in which authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re on the hunt for a book to console you, move you profoundly, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who, like you (since you’re here), love books. Perhaps one of their favorite titles will become one of yours, too.

Kiley Reid’s debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is a propulsive read about race and class featuring a 25-year-old babysitter and her privileged employer. Reid will be an executive producer on the film adaptation of her bestseller, which was long-listed for the 2020 Booker Prize, for Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad production company along with Sight Unseen Pictures. The paperback comes out on April 20.

Before her publishing debut, Reid worked as a nanny, barista, receptionist, and at Godiva. She also studied theater and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She now lives in Philadelphia, after falling in love with the city after seeing a 2015 Beyoncé concert there in the pouring rain. Read on to see what else she’s fallen for.

The book that:

…made me miss a train stop:

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Missed my stop completely, and this was on a second read. It’s that good.

…I recommend over and over again:

David Barthelme’s short story “The School.”

…currently sits on my nightstand:

Knocking The Hustle by Lester K. Spence.

…I’d gift to a new graduate:

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer.

…made me laugh out loud:

Gish Jen’s short story Who’s Irish?

…I’d like turned into a Netflix show:

How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell. I loved it. Read it in two days. I’d binge it in less than that.

…I first bought:

Goosebumps. All the Goosebumps. R.L. Stine knew what he was doing.

…I last bought:

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward and The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom.

has the best title:

Special Topics In Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl.

…has the best opening line:

“I was born in Harlem thirty-one years ago.” Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin.

…should be on every college syllabus:

Why You Should Be A Socialist by Nathan J. Robinson.

…I consider literary comfort food:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

…features the most beautiful book jacket:

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is gorgeous. It’s the prettiest jacket I saw last year.

…I’d want signed by the author for my library:

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

…that holds the recipe to a favorite dish:

The Ancestral Table by Russ Crandall. Chili con carne. It lasts for days and makes your home smell wonderful.

Bonus question: If I could live in any library or bookstore in the world, it would be:

The Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville, Arkansas. There were many days I felt like I actually did live in this library, as I resided in Fayetteville for a year before graduate school. It’s quiet and beautiful, and there’s a room with an extremely high ceiling that is shaped like the inside of a book spine. It’s incredible.

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Rihanna Declares It Spring With a Floral Savage x Fenty Lingerie Shot, 4.3M People Agree



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Shortly after the clock struck midnight and February came to a quiet end, Rihanna hopped on Instagram to make an announcement: Spring is here, and floral season is upon us. RiRi posted a new photo of herself posing in a two-piece lingerie set and matching robe from her Savage x Fenty line. “savage af. don’t trip,” she captioned the image. “New @savagexfenty out now – only on #SavageSpring 🌸” More than 4.3 million people liked her post.

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And it appears they bought her line, too. The exact lingerie pieces Rihanna wore seem to be sold out, but more of her line’s Free Spirit Floral collection is still available to shop here.

Rihanna spoke to Vogue in September about her love of robes as quarantine wardrobe staples. “Robes are my new uniform,” she said with a laugh. “It’s comfortable, flexible, and easy. You can have thin ones, thick ones—why do anything else? You’re at home, no makeup, no weave. [I’m] chilling and doing what I have to do. Of course, I’ll put on clothes for a Zoom meeting every now and then.”

She also spoke to British Vogue in March 2020 about what her upcoming album will be like. “I don’t want my albums to feel like themes,” she said. “There are no rules. There’s no format. There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out.”

She added that there will be a reggae album, too: “Oh no, that is happening. I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything–I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre–now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want.”

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The Best Fall Nail Trends from The 2021 Runways



The Best Fall Nail Trends from The 2021 Runways

Rebecca Minkoff: Press-On Nail Art

If there is one thing Rebecca Minkoff knows how to do it’s having fun with patterns and this season was no different. Down to the nails of the models, the looks were a celebration of “the juxtaposition between spring florals and the downtown edge of NYC.” Celebrity nail artist and KISS Ambassador, Gina Edwards was very busy this NYFW also bringing fun fingertips to the Rebecca Minkoff digital presentation.

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