WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05:  Pulitzer Prize winner and "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Harper Lee to Publish First Novel in 55 Years

In what is being called the publishing event of the year, July 15th brings us a new novel from Harper Lee, the Pulitzer-winning author of the beloved novel “To Kill ...full article



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Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor came to Asheville in 1999 from her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts to visit some friends. As it was intended to be a short visit, Taylor had packed a ...full article


Swimsuit Shopping For The Aesthetically Challenged

Why is it an average-sized, fairly decent-looking woman can’t find swimwear? Beach and pool season is in full swing, and by “swing,” I mean certain body parts are likely flapping ...full article

Mad Max

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

I have this neurosis about Mad Max movies that I was concerned would prevent me from all-the-way enjoying the latest installment in the series, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” You see, ...full article



While the transition from stand-up comedian to top-billed film star is often a rocky one (comedians such as Dane Cook [“Good Luck Chuck”], Russel Brand [“Get Him to the Greek”],



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“Love & Mercy”


Who doesn’t love a good biopic? I always enjoy learning about the lives of artists, politicians and other historical figures in a dramatic setting, and Lord knows the Academy likes

Sweet Taste of Summer


This Summer Fruit Cake recipe is the perfect way to capture the flavors of the season. It’s quick and easy and will make a perfect addition to your next cookout.

“A Fine Romance”


Talk about a perfect beach book! Candice Bergen’s newest memoir picks up where her previous one, Knock Wood, left off. I know I am not the only Sophie reader who