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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

The Vine: April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015 · 10 Comments
The Vine: April 29, 2015

I have a brother problem. He started dating a bubbly, charismatic, manipulative woman toward the end of last year.

The Vine: April 22, 2015
April 22, 2015 · 17 Comments
The Vine: April 22, 2015

I have a good friend (former college roommate) who I have known for about 17 years or so. She lives about 20 minutes from me in the same city.

All This Mayhem: Skating by
April 20, 2015 · 4 Comments
<em>All This Mayhem</em>: Skating by

Eddie Martin's portrait of Aussie skate champs Ben and Tas Pappas, All This Mayhem, is edited well enough that it takes a while to realize how little it's telling you.

Living history: Mangione's The Dream And The Deal
April 19, 2015 · No Comment
Living history: Mangione's <em>The Dream And The Deal</em>

It's hard to describe what I found so appealing about Jerre Mangione's The Dream And The Deal.

The Vine: April 15, 2015
April 15, 2015 · 23 Comments
The Vine: April 15, 2015

My siblings and I are writing to ask you and the Nation for advice on fundraising for my parents.

The Last Stand: The unknowable
April 10, 2015 · 13 Comments
<em>The Last Stand</em>: The unknowable

I wondered, at a certain point in Nathaniel Philbrick's detailed narrative of Custer's Last Stand, why he was spending such a long time on other soldiers in another company, on another hill, trying to survive …

The Vine: March 25, 2015
March 25, 2015 · 10 Comments
The Vine: March 25, 2015

I was hoping some of your readers are crafty or sew-y. I have a laptop sleeve.

The Vine: March 18, 2015
March 18, 2015 · 11 Comments
The Vine: March 18, 2015

I'm looking for some book recs on a very specific topic, and hoping the readers can help.

Sympathy For The Dullsville
March 16, 2015 · One Comment
Sympathy For The Dullsville

Robert Greenfield's Exile On Main St. is a season in hell with thirdhand gossip.