May 5, 2013 | Top spots to live 2013

What you get for the money

In Greater Boston this spring, inventory is tight. Here’s a sampling of homes on the market. By Joel Brown

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The forecast for flipping

A market rebound and the potential for a big payout could tempt wannabe real estate tycoons to jump back into the property fix-up game. By Vanessa Parks

First Person

Paul Theroux. Globe-trotter

For his latest book, “The Last Train to Zona Verde,” Medford-bred author Paul Theroux returned to Africa but thought of home.

Style Watch

Ziegfeld Collection pearl ring with onyx, $475 at Tiffany & Co., Natick Mall, 508-647-5915, and other locations, tiffany.com 21st-century flapper

As ‘The Great Gatsby’ hits theaters May 10, fashion falls for Jazz Age looks. By Rachel Raczka

Out and About

The tulips in a window box in front of the Charles Street post office. As seen around town

Swan Boats, a MassArt soiree, NCAA finals fans, and more people and places around Boston.

Your Week Ahead

Dave Leopardi in vintage baseball clothes. 5 things to do in and around Boston

Baseball without gloves, Taste of the North End, a really big herb sale, and more.

Cooking

Coconut rice anchors a popular Malaysian breakfast that includes egg, cucumber, peanuts, and more.  Rice university

Malaysian, Caribbean, Nigerian, and Colombian variations. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Sweet coconut sticky rice at Porter Square’s Sugar & Spice

A rich Thai treat.

On the Block

22 Lafayette Avenue, Bourne. For sale: Homes in Bourne

Escape to Cape Cod, without crossing the canal.

Dinner With Cupid

Craig Eldridge and Jaclyn Tomaszewski. Class in session

Will two UNH-ers start a new chapter together?

Tales from the City

A story of unflappable Bostonians

Life in the city, a day after the Marathon bombings.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Boston Globe Magazine readers respond to stories from the special gardening issue.

One-Liners

Donnie Wahlberg has a simple message

The Dorchester-born singer, actor, and executive producer of the reality show Boston’s Finest weighs in on Twitter.