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In the early 1980s, two girls meet in a ballet class in northwest London. Tracey is tough, fleet-footed and defiant, with a mother who indulges her love of pageantry and a father who is in and out of jail. The other girl, our nameless narrator, is cautious and thoughtful, raised by an autodidactic mother with strong feminist, left-wing leanings. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they are immediately drawn to each other by their skin colour—two brown girls in a sea of white—and their love of old-time musicals, and soon find themselves fast, if uneasy, friends. Growing up, the girls put on identities as one might try on costumes, Tracey with her precocious ways and preternatural talent for dance, and the narrator with customary uncertainty and angst, until an unforgivable act on Tracey's part drives a permanent wedge between them. Twenty years later, the narrator finds herself in the orbit of a pop singer named Aimee. She must navigate a world where selfhood is not only a personal choice but also something the world foists upon you, and she wrestles with accepting her roots and the relationships of her youth in the process. This new novel by Zadie Smith is a deft study of identity, coming of age, feminism, race, class and family that treads on weighty issues with the precision of a dancer and the staying power of a classic Hollywood movie.
There's nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven, especially when it's made from scratch. From soda breads to sourdough loaves, here's a bread recipe for every baker.
The combination of sweet-tart apples and salty Cheddar cheese is a match made in heaven.
Get the recipe: Apple Cheddar Quick Bread
This bread is perfect all by itself, and it's even nicer toasted with a bit of butter.
Get the recipe: Cinnamon Raisin Easy Sandwich Bread
Our easiest-ever white bread requires absolutely no kneading. Simply fold the dough into a torpedo shape, let rise, then bake!
Get the recipe: Rustic No-Knead White Bread
Enjoy slices warm with butter or transform them into a grilled cheese, a hearty sandwich or French toast.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
A combo of whole wheat and white bread flours gives these loaves an airier texture than straight-up whole wheat flour would.
Get the recipe: Easy No-Knead Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
You'll need only a half batch of Sourdough Starter to make this tasty loaf.
Get the recipe: White Sourdough Boule
To simplify dinner prep, bake and freeze these rolls in advance—if you can resist eating them fresh out of the oven.
Get the recipe: The Ultimate Dinner Rolls
There's no need to heat up your oven to make this cheesy herbed corn bread.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Parmesan and Herb Corn Bread
This classic brunch treat has the most delicious buttery, soft interior.
Get the recipe: Classic Brioche
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