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You know a giant scary monster can hatch out of a tiny egg? That's the story of Frightworld, America's Screampark. It began 16 years ago as a back yard haunted house. Every year, it grew. Now, still locally owned, it boasts five houses of horrors: the Eerie State Asylum; Camp Massacre; Grind House; Insanity; and the dreaded Night Stalkers. Horror connoisseurs rate Frig…

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Today in our Home & Style Friday edition, columnist Sally Cunningham writes about all the late-season gardening tasks she and a helper tackled this week. How satisfying it was to accomplish so much in one session, she writes. This got me thinking about all those nonseasonal tasks that many of us do day after day, week after week. Some we may find enjoyable, or at le…

Gardening

Monday felt like the last good day to work outside in comfort. The bright sunshine and warm breezes did not hint at late October but I knew there wouldn’t be many more days like this in 2017 – maybe none. Never mind writing deadlines, piled-up emails, looming laundry, and errands in town. I claimed the time for me and the garden. What to do first? My deck and garden…

Books

“100 Amazing Facts About the Negro” by Henry Louis Gates, Pantheon, 476 pages, $40. There is what Hollywood would call a “backstory” here. In 1957, a journalist with the Pittsburgh Courier named Joel A. Rogers published a book called “100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof.” Distinguished intellectual and historian Henry Louis Gates now says …

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MOVIES Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking By Eric Lax Knopf 353 pages, $28.95 It may seem like an odd time to release a you-are-there book about the making of a film by Woody Allen. It certainly would have been more interesting to read such an account from the early days of his career, or even during the period in which he made greats…

YOUNG ADULT Turtles All the Way Down by John Green; Dutton, 286 pages ($19.99) Ages 12 and up. ... John Green, YA superstar author of critically acclaimed "The Fault in Our Stars" (which the Washington Post called a "tough, touching valentine to the human spirit"), offers his most personal novel yet in this compelling new novel told from the perspective of a 16-year-o…

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FICTION Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan Scribner 448 pages, $22 Underwater, we float (and sink) rather than walk. Enough sensory deprivation occurs to make the world look the same at first, whether our eyes are open or closed. We hear nothing. The only scent we discern is the tinny compressed air of the diving helmet. The sea in question is New York H…

NONFICTION Gene Smith’s Sink: A Wide-Angle View By Sam Stephenson Farrar, Straus and Giroux 218 pp, $26 Perhaps the reader will remember the tender image of two children walking toward the crest of a hillock, into the light, framed in an oculus of branches, the children seen in silhouette. It is the closing image in Edward Steichen’s globally distributed…

Columns

Hey, LuLaRoe lovers. And haters. I’d say hello to the people in between, but they don’t seem to exist. Either you’re obsessed with the super-soft, quirkily patterned clothing or you consider it “overpriced junk.” (And yes, that’s a direct quote from more than one person I polled about the brand). Some of you never had a chance to pick a side, because y…

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With the first frost advisory behind us, thoughts turn to pulling out the sweaters. Or, perhaps better still, shopping for new ones. This fall, it shouldn’t be too difficult to land one or two sweaters that look nothing like the ones you already have in your closet. You’ll see sweaters with wrap designs. Sweaters with V-neck backs accented with ribbon ties. Pullo…

Lifestyles

The Buffalo Spooktacular Regional Tournament continues with games at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., in downtown Buffalo, and concludes with Swiss teams at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. For info, click this link. *  *  * The Airport Bridge Club hosts the ACBL-Wide Instant Matchpoint Pairs Game at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct…

Health and Fitness

When it comes to weight gain, we are about to enter the danger zone. Halloween is the first obstacle in these parts when it comes to greater eating and drinking temptations. Coupled with temperatures that are about to sink, and you have a combination that's enough to make the health-conscious scream. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/19/want-better-health-better-weight-…

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One of the most popular features we have run for many years in the Home & Style section is the Home of the Month, which features a local home and the people who live there. It currently appears in a Sunday Home & Style print edition and also online at buffalonews.com – along with a gallery of photos by a News photographer showing interior and exterior shots as we…

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The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Porter Hall sounds magical, like a setting in a Victorian novel. And occasionally when he is working there, caretaker Thomas Stocklosa thinks it is haunted. "I was downstairs, and I heard footsteps up above," he said, his words at odds with the bright Monday morning. "And nobody was up there." He shook his head. "I'm sure I heard f…

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“You Can’t Spell America Without Me: A So-Called Parody by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Anderson, Penguin Press, 246 pages, $29; “The Trump Leaks” from The Onion, Harper Design, Unpaginated, $35; “The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics” by Maureen Dowd, Twelve, 483 pages, $18.99 paper. Among the countless things that distinguish humor …