Alison Bowen

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Bierhaus NYC.Credit: Julie YeagleyWhat better time to welcome fall — with the end of swimsuit-fitness stress — than a holiday devoted to chomping down on brats with beer? Fortunately, Oktoberfest is here, and many city spots are keeping the German holiday running through...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 4:51 PM

Nicholas Sparks writes characters across decades in 'The Longest Ride'

Nicholas SparksCredit: Nina SubinNicholas Sparks is back this fall with his latest, “The Longest Ride,” which weaves back and forth between two different couples' love stories. Characters we meet include Ira, a 91-year-old man stranded after a car crash and thinking back on his decades-long...

Monday, September 16, 2013, 1:46 AM

For college-age students with ADHD, new resources available

via diyhealth.comWhen people think of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they might think of a boy bouncing off a wall, unable to focus on his homework. But ADHD is much more complicated, say people planning ADHD Awareness Month, coming in October with free webinars and...

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 6:50 PM

Celebrities inspire students to learn on Sundance Channel's 'Dream School'

Swizz Beatz is one of the celebrities featured in the series.Students are starting a new school year, and one of educators’ biggest challenges is keeping them there – and hopefully funneling them toward college.One new documentary, the Sundance Channel’s “Dream School,” highlights what it calls a...

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 6:32 PM

New Adult literature: Teen reading for grown-ups

Adults might be past the adolescent stage, but that doesn't mean they don't want to read about it.Credit: GoodshootJuggling a fleet of firsts is tough -- first apartment, first love, first job.Once adults feel firmly settled, no longer living in a shoebox or struggling to decipher a date's texts,...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 7:31 PM

Heavy backpacks mean trouble, doctors advise

Watch the weight of your child's backpack.Be careful about what you pack into your little tykes’ backpacks. Heavy backpacks can have serious medical implications, according to experts.Thousands of students arrive in local emergency rooms each year with backpack-related injuries.Dr. John Blanco,...

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 10:55 PM

Keep your kids in the kitchen the next time you cook

Try making this mango salsa.ProvidedMany parents’ intuition might be to shoo children out of the kitchen.But the next time your kiddos are underfoot while you’re making dinner, consider tossing them a task.Cooking with kids can be a great way to bond, create healthy habits and make something great...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:59 PM

Soak up the food, and the art, at these museum restaurants

Caffe Storico at the New York Historical Society.Credit: ProvidedNew York City is dotted with museums, but walking around them for hours can be exhausting for an art lover. Sometimes after – or before – a long afternoon of perusing art, you just need a good meal. Fortunately, New York’s food scene...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 12:09 AM

"The Night Gwen Stacy Died" steeps a quirky love story in a superhero slant

Sarah BruniCredit: Christine Mladic“The Night Gwen Stacy Died” is not your ordinary novel. Infusing a flair of superhero adventure, it follows a high school student slash gas station attendant, Sheila, who begins chatting with a young cab driver coming in to gas up. He calls himself Peter Parker....

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 8:31 PM

Summer Reading Guide: Quick, indulgent beach reads

"The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls" by Anton DiSclafani.Whether you’re spending your August lazing at the beach or, like the rest of us, trying to find the best space on the couch to fully enjoy the air conditioner, a book is the perfect accompaniment. We’ve taken the liberty of choosing a few...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:20 PM

Summer Reading Guide: Daring tales of spies, drugs and love

"The Sound of Things Falling" by Juan Gabriel Vasquez.Whether you’re spending your August lazing at the beach or, like the rest of us, trying to find the best space on the couch to fully enjoy the air conditioner, a book is the perfect accompaniment. We’ve chosen a few books for the dog days of...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:16 PM

Summer Reading Guide: Sound smart at cocktail parties

Read "Taipei," then bring it up at a dinner party.Whether you’re spending your August lazing at the beach or, like the rest of us, trying to find the best space on the couch to fully feel the air conditioner, a book is the perfect accompaniment. We’ve taken the liberty of choosing a few books for...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 10:13 PM

Author donates proceeds to The One Fund Boston

Author H.L. Dancler, a Massachusetts local, is donating all of the proceeds from his debut novel, “A Father’s Journey,” to The One Fund Boston.Anyone buying the book until Dec. 31 will know that 100 percent goes to the fund, he promises. The book is the first in a two-part series about a...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:26 AM

For some couples, posting wedding pics is an iDon't

Some couples worry about being the last to post their wedding photos on social media.You’re at a wedding, inching above the other guests to capture that perfect shot of the bride.You snap the pic on your iPhone, but it’s blurry, and other phones dot the image. Not your best work, and you weren’t...

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 8:39 PM

Channeling a newlywed's worst nightmare in 'Forever, Interrupted'

Taylor Jenkins Reid didn't pull any punches in her debut novel.Credit: Mila Shah“Forever, Interrupted” is every newlywed’s nightmare. Tucked into a blissful new life after marrying your best friend, your new spouse will bike to the corner store to buy you Fruity Pebbles, simply because getting you...

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:07 PM

Escape to an island in New York City

Enjoy a great view at Governor's Island.Credit: FacebookSometimes you need to get away from the city, but not for long. Those days are perfect for one of the islands dotting Manhattan’s borders, many of which are jam-packed with summer activities. If you haven’t made it out to one, it’s not too...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:09 AM

What's next for 'American Idol'?

Finalist Candice Glover performs after being announced the winner during the Season 12 finale of "American Idol."People from Boston to Salt Lake City are waiting in unimaginable lines to audition for the 13th season of "American Idol," but the show itself appears to still be scrambling.The show,...

Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:56 PM

Ice cream or a cocktail? No need to choose with these boozy ice cream drinks

Try "The Float" at NIOS.In the height of summer, sometimes you can’t decide whether your afternoon treat will be ice cream or a crisp, white cocktail. Happily, you don’t have to choose. Many places in the city offer ice cream cocktails, and we’ve included our favorites below. This month is...

Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:29 PM

Different tastes to try for hardcore beer and wine fans

Get out of your alcohol comfort zone.Wine drinkers might turn up their noses at a cold can of beer. And beer drinkers might have zero interest in a tall glass of cabernet.But this can change, promises certified wine educator Jim Laughren.Constantly asked by women how to interest boyfriends and...

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 8:49 PM

Why hide behind a pseudonym?

J.K. RowlingWhen you have a billion-dollar name, why hide it?“Harry Potter” series author J.K. Rowling admitted she did just that this week, acknowledging she used the pen name of Robert Galbraith to write detective novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”Readers scrambled to purchase the book, which shot up...

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 8:11 PM