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Twelve dollars for a cup of chicken soup? A Diet Coke for the price of a six-pack? Not for “the cheapest woman in the world,” says her daughter, Jennifer Weiner, in this exclusive adaptation from Hungry Heart.

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Why 1 Mom Decided to Raise Her Children Around the World

Despite spending a year in Nice, Emma Donoghue never mastered French. But she learned a more important lesson: The places you go show you all the weird in the world (and that’s a good thing).

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Your answer may appear in the magazine or on RealSimple.com. Even better, the author of our favorite letter each month receives a special gift.

6 Words of Wisdom for Launching a Business from Successful Entrepreneurs

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Real Simple readers share details about the most indispensable presents.