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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: November 6, 2013
November 6, 2013 · 7 Comments
The Vine: November 6, 2013

There is a book that has haunted me on and off for a couple years now.

The Vine: November 1, 2013
November 1, 2013 · 11 Comments
The Vine: November 1, 2013

I am looking for a book I read about twenty years ago. I remember the main characters name being "Deidre," and no one could pronounce it.

The Vine: October 30, 2013
October 30, 2013 · 25 Comments
The Vine: October 30, 2013

My boyfriend's younger sister is 22. She has lived her whole life in her parents' house in a rural town.

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 5: Vote!
October 29, 2013 · 7 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 5: Vote!

…Oh my. I just absolutely have no idea what's going to become of Flight 5, because I just absolutely have no idea what I might vote for my own self.

The Vine: October 25, 2013
October 25, 2013 · 15 Comments
The Vine: October 25, 2013

I've been watching Dr. Who a lot recently, and have developed a strong desire for a cool long coat like what Ten and Jack Harkness wear.

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 4: Vote!
October 25, 2013 · 15 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 4: Vote!

The fourth flight distinguishes itself with me primarily via all the crackers in it that I hate.

The Vine: October 23, 2013
October 23, 2013 · 20 Comments
The Vine: October 23, 2013

A little background: I live in a small city in rural Ohio where the houses are fairly close to each other, and our homes are separated from the next street over by an alley that …

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 3: Vote!
October 21, 2013 · 19 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 3: Vote!

Okay, whoa. Graham crackers, Triscuits original, AND Wheat Thins original in this round?

The Trials of Muhammad Ali: A fomental institution
October 19, 2013 · 2 Comments
<em>The Trials of Muhammad Ali</em>: A fomental institution

Bill Siegel's The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a riveting hour and a half, and that isn't surprising given its subject, one of the most charismatic humans ever.

The Vine: October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013 · 6 Comments
The Vine: October 18, 2013

I'm trying to track down a couple books I read in seventh grade, and I was hoping you and the readers could help.