The protagonist of Colson Whitehead's new novel, "Apex Hides the Hurt," is a "nomenclature consultant"--a veritable Adam of Madison Avenue. He's also a mystery, moving through the book without a name or an immediate explanation for why he limps or what the "misfortune" was that's caused him to leave his high-flying career.
The price of wireless printers is dropping. So is the weight, as brands offer smaller options. Want to get unplugged? Here are some new offerings that stack up well: the Dell All-in- One Printer 964 scans, faxes and prints an impressive 26 pages per minute from any room in your house ($199 plus $99 for the Wireless Adapter 3300; dell.com ).
If you're looking for a New Year's Eve that never stops rocking, check out Las Vegas. The city's celebration includes fireworks shot from the roofs of 10 casinos along the Strip, or raise your glass at the World's Largest Toast; admission is $40 and includes performances by Cheap Trick and the Spin Doctors ( vegasexperience.com ).
The death of civil-rights hero Rosa Parks may raise questions for your children. Here is a list of resources that will help them make sense of an America when liberty and justice weren't available to all."Rosa Parks: My Story" ($6.29; amazon.com ) is an autobiography for grades four through six.
When you're away from home, being sick can be scary. We could tell you to eat right, exercise and get some sleep, but you won't, so here are some other tips for taking care of yourself:Before you leave for school, get a complete physical, a copy of your immunization record from your doc and a list of any allergies, past medical problems or special needs.
Missed Christo's "The Gates"? Not to worry. Come to New York this spring and you can still see killer rabbits, Denzel in Valentino and a flying car. Broadway is about to open its best season in years, with lots of promising new musicals (including "Twelfth Night" set to Elvis), enough revivals for a Theater 101 class and stars like Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Kathleen Turner, James Earl Jones and Alan Alda packed into 10 city blocks.
Winter is coming, but if you want more time in the garden, plant bulbs. A few holes now will result in gorgeous blooms in the spring.Bloms Bulbs is a bit more expensive than its competition (three for $7 or 10 for $22), but the selection of daffodils (try the Acropolis double) is amazing.