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Family dysfunction in The Glass Castle and contrasting aboriginal lives in Wind River and Rumble

Also a rare peek inside a Hasidic enclave, anguish over infidelity in New York and mild scares from a haunted doll

Goodbye, telephone

Times are tough. We had to let our butler go yesterday. Well, he wasn't really our butler. "He" was a pleasant, cultured British voice that prompted callers to our land line to leave a message....