Bestselling author Michael Connelly might be best known for Det. Harry Bosch. But defense lawyer Mickey Haller is no slouch.
Home bars let hospitality shine as holiday parties get into full swing. Family heirlooms and special drinks anchor festive decor.
Unfulfilled ambition might make stage parents push kids too hard.
The Trayvon Martin case and ensuing protests have led to family conversations about race and behavior.
A blog post by a mom, who said she would block sexy photos girls sent to her sons, goes viral. Is there a double standard for girls and boys online?
Why are sites counting down till the 18th birthday of reality star Kendall Jenner? Some say it's yet another example of sexualization of girls.
Parents around the country offer some innovative ideas on how to deal with kids' addiction to cell phones.
Sinead O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus urged the 20-year-old not to allow herself to be "pimped." But is the singer's advice good for other girls, too?
Instead of being rewarded for helping a friend too drunk to drive, a high school student gets punished by her school for violating its zero tolerance policy.
Schools are asking themselves whether they should monitor students online to protect them from dangers such as bullying, drug use, violence and suicide.
The response to a defaced Gap ad of Sikh model shows how people can "make love" in response to hate.
Sorry, folks. Merriam-Webster's word of the year is not "selfie." And twerk is nowhere on the list, either.
Abandoned churches, prisons, asylums in the American Rust Belt are the stars of the photo book "States of Decay."
Seeking love and shelter in New York City: CNN's Ronni Berke wonders which is the bigger challenge.
The new book "Toy Time" looks back at some of the most memorable toys of the 20th century, from Nok Hockey to Trolls.
Before I Die project encourages people around the world to share their goals. Common themes are love, travel and helping others
College football fans, on a weekend of big rivalry games, trash-talk and gloat about their teams.
College football fans focus on the big game and the big tailgate -- complete with flatscreen TVs, white gloves and extravagant foods.
How to set up a wedding registry with advice from Martha Stewart.
Black Friday, the Holy Grail of shopping days, can be intimidating. But it is possible to banish stress from your Black Friday experience.
Holiday pet photos are tough to capture, but owners say they are a great way to personalize holiday cards.
Black Friday creep backlash has inspired online petitions and Facebook groups, where people are challenging the concept of working on Thanksgiving.
When the guests around your Thanksgiving table are busy stuffing their bellies today, here's one way to dazzle them with some tasty turkey trivia.
DIY Thanksgiving decorations: Here are a few fun decor ideas from Martha Stewart that are also safe to have with little ones roaming about during the holiday.
Thanksgiving rituals--it's a time to reflect on what we're thankful for, what we dream of and how we want to be remembered, Alicia Stewart writes.
Pat Conroy's new memoir "The Death of Santini" tells the true dysfunctional family stories he's only hinted at in novels.
Family dinner fights are common during the holidays. Here's how to defuse them.
With a series of high fashion collaborations, street artists are aiming spray cans closer to home -- your wardrobe.
Model Shaun Ross, who was born with albinism, challenges notions of beauty during New York Fashion Week.
The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses.
Author R.L. Stine revives his famous "Fear Street" series at a time many consider to be a renaissance of young adult horror.
Gasps are captured on an audio recording inside Boston Symphony Hall, after the conductor announces that President Kennedy has been assassinated.
Thanksgiving by the numbers: Everything you ever wanted to know about the November holiday.
Social media positive for teens? It just might be, according to a recent report, which says it can build self-confidence and improve relationships.
Highlights of a CNNLiving Twitter chat, along with Common Sense Media, about teens and social media, one of the scariest topics for any parent today.
This year, you don't have to sabotage your wallet. It's time to talk back to guilt-inducing excuses.
JFK's assassination is remembered by baby boomers as an iconic and unforgettable childhood event.
"Fratshionistau" Jonathan Weiss' fashion advice to fraternity brothers went viral, but his sartorial gift says more about the Greek experience.
Authors and filmmakers agree: A successful film adaptation of a YA novel doesn't include putting every single page on the screen.
As secularism is on the rise, God is more frequently missing from wedding guest lists.
GoldieBlox ad is viral. The company was started by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford-educated engineer, to "disrupt the pink aisle" and "get girls building."
Thanksgiving dinner decorating might create anxiety, but worry less about formality and focus on family heritage.
Thanksgiving table centerpiece ideas from Martha Stewart can turn your dining experience from drab to fab instantly.
The winners of the 2013 National Book Awards were announced in a ceremony Wednesday night. In fiction, James McBride wins for "The Good Lord Bird."
See the ways poor households manage financial lives and make their lives better through financial inclusion.
Maggie Baumann is one of a growing number of women who were extremely obsessed with weight during pregnancy and battled what has become known as 'pregorexia.'
White supremacist Craig Cobb could be considered legally "black" under America's old "one-drop rule." His heritage show the nuances of America's racial identity.
Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year was "selfie" because of the drastic climb in usage.
Many baby boomers are putting off retirement because they hadn't planned on helping older family members financially.
It's often said that just one person can make a difference, and CNN Heroes -- everyday people changing the world -- are evidence of that.
A synagogue near Atlanta was built from a former Chevy auto body and paint shop.
Her children and parents killed in a house fire, Madonna Badger has worked for two years to rebuild her sanity and her life.
Marry yourself kit lets you make a commitment to yourself, its creators say.
Does "Bring in Your Parents Day" encourage helicopter parenting or help bridge the gap between the digital generation and their parents?
A new Gallup survey shows that more people still prefer to work for a man, but the gender gap between male and female bosses is narrowing.
Want to elevate your home without taking on a complete overhaul? Try these DIY interior design tips.
iReporter Erin Hill struggles after changes in her parenting since her divorce: "What I don't yet know is whether I am mourning my loss or theirs," she writes.
The shades of autumn such as orange, yellow, dark green, rust and brown make lovely accents or color scheme leads for the home.
Know how to wrestle an alligator? Devil an egg? Say a proper goodbye? Maybe the new "Southerner's Handbook" by Garden and Gun can help.
Think marriage isn't for you? These tidbits of relationship advice have gone viral -- and they might sway you.
Rubber duck and chess squeaked and check mated past 10 other National Toy Hall of Fame finalists, including Pac-Man, My Little Pony and NERF toys.
Decorating with the color orange -- here's how!
In Pennsylvania, a man reportedly faced possible harassment charges for touching a pregnant woman's belly. Should it be illegal? Moms disagree.
Terry McMillan's new novel, "Who Asked You?," explores serious topics with the best-selling author's characteristic humor and voice.
Southern Methodist University student op-ed argues "drinking responsibly" may reduce risk of rape.
Allie Brosh's 'Hyperbole and a Half' comics, now in book form, examine the mundane and the irrational.
The father of the boy who sneaked onto a flight to Las Vegas brought national attention to the issue of overwhelmed parents unsure how to discipline their kids.
Molly Haskell will always have brotherly love for Ellen Hampton. After all, Hampton was once named John Cheves Haskell Jr. and used to be Haskell's brother.
It's the sixth of October, 2005, a crisp Indian summer day in Manhattan, and we're sitting in the dining room of our Upper East Side apartment.
Guys who help out more at home get more sex at home, right? It depends, according to one study.
Emil Erwin's Emil and Leslie Congdon of have just one goal, really: to run the best bag company in the world.
A couple seeking to adopt a child in Ethiopia is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.
Images of men posing on a Ducati go viral one year later, much to the delight of fans tired of the "girl on bike" trope.
If traditional wedding rules aren't your style, consider rethinking your attendants, seating and invites.
Instead of handing out candy, a woman tells a North Dakota radio station she plans to pass out letters to trick-or-treaters she feels are "moderately obese."
Don't be scared by the idea of last-minute Halloween costumes. Get into the spirit with these costumes made from household items and clothes in kids' closets.
Readers share picks for the most influential books they read as adolescents.
A descendent of manners doyenne Emily Post says it's always inappropriate to take selfies at funerals. Posting them to Tumblr just makes it even worse.
The Gullah-Geechee people of Georgia's Sapelo Island fear they may soon be taxed out of the property their families have owned since the days of slavery.
A new study says nearly 40 percent of kids under two have used a mobile device.
Miss America Nina Davuluri opens up about the cultural clash she experienced when she introduced her boyfriend to her traditional parents.
J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst's interactive novel "S." is part mystery, part romance and part puzzle.
Experts say bullying among friends can be especially traumatic because it's a betrayal by people in positions of trust.
Delia Ephron's memoir "Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.)" delves into creativity, connection and loss.
A documentary about killer whales in captivity sparks debate among parents about taking kids to SeaWorld, zoos and aquariums.
Mayors Julian Castro of San Antonio, Michael Hancock of Denver, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento and Angel Taveras of Providence are seeking education solutions.
In "One Summer," Bill Bryson looks at a few months in 1927. Figures such as Lindbergh, Ruth, others dominated.
People in polyamorous relationships see an opportunity now to come out and show it's not just about sex, but about love and families, too.
Ohio University student Taylor See expected some controversy from a project to raise awareness of what it means to dress up as an ethnic stereotype for Halloween.
Here's your go-to guide for jack-o' lantern parties, pumpkin picking strategies, carving techniques and printable templates. Even what to do with the seeds!
Parenting humorist Bunmi Laditan says women may as well compete in a 'Hunger Games'-style competition to get back to their pre-baby bodies.
A new study finds first-borns get better grades in school and concludes it's because the parents are stricter with the child born first.
The modern way to decorate for Halloween goes beyond plastic spiders with scene-setting ravens, candelabras and Edwardian-portrait zombie holograms.
The search for a missing child is filled with fleeting moments of hope and anguish.
What are the hallmarks of bullying among boys? Does it differ from bullying between girls?
"Much Loved" by Mark Nixon features photographs of some "loved to bits" teddy bears.
What happens when a company has as many women leaders as men? Kelly Wallace visits the Garden City Group, a legal firm were 8 of 15 executives are women.