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

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The Vine: Ask The Readers Book-a-thon #4
March 3, 2010 – 11:22 AM | 6 Comments

Dear Sars,
I'm hoping readers can point me toward a poem. In a college Asian history class, our professor showed us a Chinese poem. It was a nice but fairly standard poem, had been submitted anonymously …

The Vine: Ask The Readers Book-a-thon #3
March 3, 2010 – 10:55 AM | 4 Comments

Hi, Sars —
I'm looking for a short story, narrated by a guy who I think has a connection with the federal government (i.e., he's a BIA rep or something like that) who's been sent to …

The Vine: Ask The Readers Book-a-thon #2
March 3, 2010 – 10:06 AM | 36 Comments

Hi Sars,
I want this book to exist, but I'm not certain that it does. It's such a great concept that it HAS to exist, I figure.
I want a cookbook containing recipes entirely composed from a …

The Vine: Ask The Readers Book-a-thon #1
March 3, 2010 – 9:00 AM | 7 Comments

Good morning, friends. Today's Vine will work a bit differently; I have a huge backlog of find-that-book requests, so I'll post one every hour or so throughout the day and put y'all to work on …

The Vine: February 26, 2010
February 26, 2010 – 8:22 AM | 39 Comments

Dear Sars,
I would be ever so appreciative if you/the readers could possibly help me identify a book/story I have stuck in my head — it's driving me insane.
This all came about because I was washing …

The Vine: February 24, 2010
February 24, 2010 – 10:10 AM | 93 Comments

Hi Sars,
My husband and I have a close-knit group of friends, all couples, mostly, and they all are starting to have kids.It is not an exaggeration when I say all of them: it is quite …

The Vine: February 19, 2010
February 19, 2010 – 1:18 PM | 58 Comments

Sars —
I need a bed. I thought you and your readers might have some good suggestions for me.I have never purchased one before and after several frustrating hours of scouring sites for good deals, I …

The Vine: February 17, 2010
February 17, 2010 – 10:15 AM | 55 Comments

Hi Sars,
So my mom was at our city's animal services department getting licenses for her two cats, when a guy comes up teary-eyed, saying he needs to give up his two cats, as neither he …

The Vine: February 12, 2010
February 12, 2010 – 11:35 AM | 10 Comments

Hello, Sars!
I've always enjoyed reading your advice, but didn't think I had anything to write in about. Then, I remembered how great you and your readers are at finding difficult-to-remember books, and I was wondering …

The Vine: February 10, 2010
February 10, 2010 – 12:52 PM | 85 Comments

Hey Sars.
So, of course, there's this Boy. My question is about whether or not it would be nuts to pursue him.
We know each other because a friend of his has been dating a friend of …