Five Life-Changing Books

By Maria Leonard Olsen

On some level, we all seek to be the best versions of ourselves. Self-actualization books line the shelves of most libraries and bookstores. The top five impactful books for me, and from an informal poll of my colleagues, are the following:

Historians irked by musical ‘Hamilton’ escalate their duel

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, and the cast of "Hamilton" perform at the Tony Awards in New York. Ever since the historical musical began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeable withheld its applause, historians. Many academics argue the onstage portrait of Alexander Hamilton is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight.

Cardi B makes court appearance for strip club melee

Cardi B leaves Queens County Criminal Court, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in New York. The rapper made an appearance in connection with a melee she was involved in at a New York strip club.

Belarusian model: I gave info on Trump to Russian tycoon

Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, also known on social media as Nastya Rybka, smiles during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Anastasia Vashukevich who has claimed to have information on the ties between Russians and the Donald Trump election campaign says that she has turned it over to Russian billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska.

RIGHT AT HOME: Kitchen islands evolve to meet today’s needs

This photo provided by Michael Wood Interiors shows a kitchen project by interior designer Michael Wood in New York's West Village, in which he used butcher block, soapstone and Corian on the island. Mixed materials are a popular trend for today's kitchen islands.

Ball gowns galore: London’s V&A Museum stages new Dior show

A Christian Dior design by designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, Haute couture Spring/Summer 2017, silk and feathers, on display during a press preview of the largest exhibition in the United Kingdom of the Paris based fashion House of Dior at the V&A Museum in London, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

Kooiker-huh? An intro to Westminster dog show’s new breeds

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018 file photo, Escher, left, and Rhett, center, Nederlandse kooikerhondje, and Juno, right, a grand basset griffon Vendeen, are shown by their handlers during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York.