11 of Our Best Weekend Reads


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David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone

In less than three years, David Reich’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School has published DNA from the genomes of 938 ancient humans — more than all other research teams working in this field combined. The work in his lab has reshaped our understanding of human prehistory. Science

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The Suffering and Spirit of San Juan

A visit by our 52 Places Traveler to the Puerto Rican capital, still recovering from last year’s hurricanes, was one of the most calming and soul-filling experiences of her trip so far. “The beauty I saw was in the rebuilding, in the lives being lived with joy and grace in the most trying of circumstances,” she wrote. Travel

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Overlooked No More: Ruth Wakefield, Who Invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Legend has it that Ruth Wakefield was trying a variation on a butterscotch dessert when she decided to let the chocolate chips fall where they may. As part of The Times’s continuing Overlooked project, Ms. Wakefield receives a long-overdue obituary tribute.

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‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis

The disease, which until recently seemed to be under control in Venezuela, is making an aggressive comeback in the nation, overwhelming its broken health care system. Foreign

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K.D. Lang Doesn’t Have to Indulge Your Constant Cravings

Twenty-five years ago the idea that an openly gay and very butch woman could become a pop idol was seismic. Now K.D. Lang can just make her music. “I think it’s karmic that I have the body and the physical appearance that I have,” Ms. Lang said. “I think it’s challenging for the audience and for myself, and at this point I just live it.” Styles

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In This Corner of Maryland, Holidays Mean a Stuffed Ham

Unless you’ve lived in St. Mary’s County in Maryland or spent a holiday with someone from here, you’ve probably never heard of stuffed ham. It is one of America’s most regionally specific dishes, but has never migrated beyond its home. People here cherish it. Food

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J.J. Redick, the N.B.A.’s Most Meticulous Player

In his 12th season, J.J. Redick painstakingly plans everything from his naps to his shots. It’s helped him steady a Philadelphia 76ers team that is poised to reach the playoffs again. Sports

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