Hello, sunshine. (We’re talking to you and the sun). We’re lucky enough to be basking in some sun here at Next Issue HQ. If you’re not in the same boat, we’re confident the warmer weather is just right around the corner.

At any rate, the bright weather has inspired a recommended reading list featuring BBQ, brilliant young go-getters, and illuminating lists.

We hope you enjoy some downtime lost in a world of stories.

Happy reading!

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These Women Want to Change How You Eat

Glamour

Newswoman Katie Couric and film producer Laurie David have a new mission: Teaching you the real facts about food. Everything we’ve been told up to now, they say, is wrong. The result of their three-year collaboration is the new documentary “Fed Up,” in theaters now.

Stairway to Plagiarism

Bloomberg Businessweek

“Stairway has a pastoral opening cadence that is classical in feel and which has ensured its immortality.” But what if it wasn’t actually written by any member of Led Zeppelin, but instead lifted from another band’s song? You’d need to rewrite rock ‘n’ roll history.

The Day My Brain Went Dark

Men's Health

A mental storm wiped out Richard Nalley’s memory. Could it happen to you? “Ambush amnesia” may be more common than most people, even many doctors, realize. Nalley’s personal story, and the medical information that comes with it, is fascinating.

The Tab for That Last Meal

Newsweek

A conservative Christian who most recently worked at the NRA, Marc Hyden leads a group called Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. His mission: Convince Republicans that the death penalty costs taxpayers too much and that government can’t be trusted to get it right.

Summer BBQ

You're Smokin'

Food Network Magazine

Cook like a pitmaster: Smoke ribs, cheese, veggies and seafood—all on a regular grill. Here are the recipes you need, along with step-by-step instructions to make your own smoker box.

Cookout USA

Allrecipes

We love summer cookouts, but there is such a thing as burger-and-dog burnout. Come along for this cooking road trip to pick up some great souvenir recipes for your table, from New England clam bake to Texas brisket.

Healthy Helping: 30 Sauces, Rubs & Marinades

Every Day with Rachel Ray

Add major flavor to steak, chicken, fish and more. These easy-to-make seasonings make every bite more satisfying. Would you like to try sweet tea marinade on your chicken or apricot-mustard sauce on your pork?

Summer Grilling Guide

Good Housekeeping

Grillmeister Guy Fieri shares his best backyard barbecue recipes and secrets. These cook-out classics with a delicious twist have the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

Young Stars

New Kids on the Block

Lucky

The latest members of CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program share studio space, a serious work ethic, and a love of Solange Knowles. Tablet bonus: Tap to see looks from each young designer’s current collection.

Total Immersion

Popular Mechanics

As a teenager, Palmer Luckey was obsessed with building an unparalleled virtual-reality headset for gaming. At 19, he succeeded. The Oculus Rift turned Luckey into a rising star in the tech world. And then Facebook came calling.

Future Chefs

Diabetic Living Magazine

Thanks to an increased focus on how to cook for people with special dietary needs, the next generation of culinary masterminds is cooking up low-sugar, lactose-free, nut-free, and gluten-free creations.

Fit for a Ring

Sports Illustrated

There remains an important distinction between Jordan and Kevin Durant. Six distinctions, to be precise. And therein lies the hole in the young star’s career. The new MVP needs a ring.

1, 2, 3, 4 Lists

Decisions, Decisions

Family Circle

Of course you want to take charge when you think your kid is making a mistake, but that’s not always a wise move. Here, six tough-call situations and expert advice on when to step in, when to back off, and how to help your teen master the art of the smart choice.

Ditch Your Brain Drain

Canadian Health and Lifestyle

You probably already know that bad habits wreak havoc on your body, but did you know that your brain also takes a beating? Give your noggin a nudge by swapping five bad habits for five healthy ones—and watch your cognitive powers grow.

Destinations 06.14

Outside Magazine

There are 14 weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and these 14 ground-tested strategies will help you conquer every last one. Find empty sand, rent a cabin, take an American safari, and 11 more.

Revamping the Classics

O, The Oprah Magazine

Four timeless looks get a modern upgrade. Here, the latest trends for your eyes, lips, nails, and hair.

New Issues

Golf World

Town & Country

Travel + Leisure