Book tip: "A Noise Downstairs" by Linwood Barclay

Book tip A Noise Downstairs Linwood Barclay Barclay's a justified big star most associated with Harlan Coben for his magician's ability to roll out seemingly endless plot twists. In "Noise," professor Paul Davis discovers a friend/colleague is a murderer —...

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Rick's List — Self-Makeover Edition

"Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me." — Johann Gottlieb Fichte I recently saw an episode of "Queer Eye," an updated version, with a new cast, of the iconic "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" program that ran...

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I cleared a lawn of leaves using a rake faster than a man armed with a leaf blower.

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Daughter is last to learn of new love in dad's life

DEAR ABBY: My father began dating four years after my mother passed away from a terrible bout with cancer. He and I have always been close; in fact, I have always considered him to be one of my best friends. But since he started...

Men's group chat draws fire for sharing explicit photos

DEAR ABBY: I must take issue with your response to "Tired of Behinds" (Sept. 5), who was upset that her fiance is part of a men's group chat that includes the sending and receiving of pornographic female images. While "boys...

Friendship between moms ends over race for charity

DEAR ABBY: The 14-year-old son of a friend of mine is having self-esteem issues and apparently is going through a very rough patch. Our family likes to participate in charity races. My boy, 13, is a talented athlete who,...

Grandmother is still waiting for thank-yous from teens

DEAR ABBY: It seems the children I raised and taught to write thank-you notes somehow failed to teach their children the importance of being grateful receivers. My two teenage grandchildren have never thanked me for a birthday or...

Cheating husband bad-mouths wife who left him for another

DEAR ABBY: I am ashamed to admit this, but years ago I had an affair with a married man. His wife had no idea, but all of his friends knew about it. She recently left him because she met someone else, and he's not only...

New employee strives to keep gastric surgery under wraps

DEAR ABBY: I had bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve) five months ago. I left my previous job because the way I was treated by my employer and co-workers changed drastically after my procedure. I am starting a new job soon...

Diamond ring comes between couple planning their marriage

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend and I love each other very much and have been living together with our children for five years. We intend to get married soon. Here is the rub: She's "old school." She believes she should receive a...

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Your stars Nov. 17

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't allow the changes going on around you to hold you back. You can make headway if you focus on...