Dr. Ruth Is Updating Her Sex for Dummies Book for Millennial Readers

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Matthew Peyton, Getty Images for East Hampton Library

It’s been a while since many of us received a formal sex education in school, so it's OK if you've forgotten exactly how birth control works or what the ovaries do. Now, sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer is rewriting her Sex for Dummies handbook for a new generation, according to Variety.

Better known as Dr. Ruth (she has a master’s degree in sociology as well as a doctorate in education), the 90-year-old’s rise to stardom started in 1980 when she launched her first radio program, Sexually Speaking, at a time when such subjects were still considered somewhat taboo.

Nearly 40 years later, Dr. Ruth is turning her attention to an old classic to speak directly to Millennials. This will be the fourth edition of Sex for Dummies, which was originally published in 1995, and the updated version will be released sometime this year.

Although her views on sex and relationships have been ahead of the curve in many ways, Dr. Ruth is still traditional in other areas. She doesn’t believe in one-night stands—not because she thinks they're immoral, but because they can lead to loneliness and other problems. She also tells Vanity Fair that she worries about the influence of technology on Millennials’ ability to communicate and have genuine relationships. The updated version of her book will address all of these concerns and more.

“I will talk about loneliness, I will talk about the issue of the art of conversation, the issue of sexually transmitted diseases, all of those issues,” Dr. Ruth tells Variety.

This announcement comes ahead of a new Hulu documentary about the life and work of Dr. Ruth, a German-born Holocaust survivor who moved to a children’s home in Switzerland at age 10, moved to Israel at 17 and joined the Jewish freedom fighters, and ultimately emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. A trailer for the documentary, called Ask Dr. Ruth, says it will be “coming soon,” but the specific release date hasn’t been announced yet. Check out the trailer in the video below.

[h/t Variety]

Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up Is a Festive Holiday Decoration, Calendar, and Book for Potterheads

Insight Editions
Insight Editions

If you find the weeks leading up to Christmas to be interminable, Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up from Insight Editions can help make the wait a bit more whimsical. This unique, interactive hardcover opens up to a festive illustration of Hogwarts’s Great Hall, modeled on its appearance from the Harry Potter movie series. In the center is a pop-up Christmas tree that measures 13 inches tall. And since no tree should be left barren during the holidays, there are 25 ornaments, all based on magical artifacts from the series, that can adorn the branches.

The ornaments are housed right in the pages of the Great Hall and can be removed one day at a time like an Advent calendar. Also included in the package is a mini book that features behind-the-scenes details and images about the props, sets, and holiday moments from the movies.

Buy Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up on Amazon for Christmas 2019.
Insight Editions

Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up will be available on October 22 for $39.99 (or $27.99 if you pre-order on Amazon), but that’s not the only Harry Potter book on offer from Insight Editions this fall.

Harry Potter: Magical Places brings the film series’s most iconic locations to life with the help of fully illustrated, multi-layered diorama scenes. These immersive depictions of Potter locales are combined with behind-the-scenes details and descriptions to throw you further than ever into Harry’s world. Harry Potter: Magical Places is on sale now for $29.99.

Harry Potter: Magical Places: A Paper Scene Book
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There’s also Harry Potter: Exploring Hogwarts An Illustrated Guide, which showcases full-color illustrations of the nooks and crannies of Hogwarts, shining light on some of the more obscure details hidden in the school of witchcraft and wizardry. It goes on sale on October 8 for $29.99 (or $20.99 on Amazon).

Harry Potter: Exploring Hogwarts: An Illustrated Guide.
Insight Editions

And be sure to check out our latest List Show, where we discuss the origins of 30 words and spells from the Harry Potter series.

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You Can Rent This Wizard of Oz-Themed Cottage in North Carolina

Airbnb
Airbnb

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the classic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book. In addition to watching the film, you can opt for a more immersive way to celebrate the occasion. As Travel + Leisure reports, a cottage in West Jefferson, North Carolina offered on Airbnb is perfect for any traveling Oz fan—and it’s only $35 a night.

The studio cottage is considered a glamping destination and is slim on amenities—it has a breakfast nook, porch, sofa bed, and a Porta John—but the Oz-themed details more than make up for the lack of luxurious perks.

A pair of stockinged feet are visible under the home, hinting at a witch’s untimely demise; a character mural of Dorothy and her three escorts, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, appears on the side of the cabin; inside, various other decorations pay homage to Baum's books, including a pair of ruby slippers and a few stuffed Totos.

A cottage with a 'Wizard of Oz' theme in West Jefferson, North Carolina is pictured
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If you go, you’ll have to act quickly. The cottage is open only in the spring, summer, and fall, as it has no heat.

The Airbnb listing has a perfect score across 16 reviews. You can book it here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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