October 21, 2012 Homes of the Year Issue

Best Redesign

Spiffed-up hand-me-downs and a little ingenuity bring a whole lot of pretty to a young couple’s first nest, in Belmont. By Marni Elyse Katz

The Dennises’ sleek home won’t have a high-maintenance lawn but native plantings; plenty of outdoor space and windows with uninterrupted views were paramount.

Best New Home/Modern

Near Maine’s Acadia National Park, a glorious payoff--unforgettable views of the ocean’s dynamic edge. By Nancy Heiser

The Medical Issue: Mysteries Within


The PANDAS puzzle: Can a common infection cause OCD in kids?

A medical mystery that has families in crisis. By Neil Swidey

Soundtrack


HONK! festival makes joyful noise

The annual celebration of brass bands fills Somerville’s Davis Square. By Scott Helman

First Person

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford is best known for his Frank Bascombe novels. Richard Ford on meeting book lovers

The Maine writer, whose latest novel is ‘Canada,’ will be the keynote speaker at the Boston Book Festival on October 27.

Dinner With Cupid


Dinner With Cupid: Like clockwork

She arrived a half-hour late. Will they still find time for love?

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The kindness of strangers

Sometimes the people who get you through are total strangers who make a difference in your day or life and move on, oblivious. By Carolyn R. Russell

Cooking


3 recipes for meals with pears

Recipes for fall’s other star fruit. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take


Duck liver pate with vanilla-poached pears at Deuxave

At this Back Bay hotspot, a sweet-savory appetizer to remember.

Style Watch

Sharon Weissburg, Sabrina Movitz, and Massiel Deandrade. 3 ways to get a leg up on fall hemlines

Skirts needn’t end in one straight line these days, as these stylish folks demonstrate. By Tina Sutton

On the Block


For sale: Homes built in 1920-1929

These properties--in Braintree, West Roxbury, and Wellesley Farms--prove that this decade offered good-looking options.

Miss Conduct


Advice on explaining a school decision

Talking about why the public school wasn’t right for you. By Robin Abrahams

Out and About

THRILLER: Author Dennis Lehane signs his new book for fans at Brookline Booksmith on October 1. Seen around town

Writers, runners, rockers, and readers.

Perspective

Bicyle riders on street in Copenhagen. Why I bike without a helmet

As the Hubway bicycle-sharing system expands in Boston and beyond, an enthusiastic user explains his bare head. By Nick Olender

Your Week Ahead


5 things to do in and around Boston this week

Check out celebrity portraits, learn coffee-brewing secrets, hobnob with Boston’s literati, and more.

One-Liners

Conan O’Brien’s health kick

The Brookline-born comic makes a joke on Twitter.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to stories about Advanced Placement classes and iPads in the classroom.