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'Wonder' What It's Like To Have Kids Stare At You?

In R.J. Palacio's new novel, a middle-schooler with a facial deformity struggles to fit in. Raquel Jaramillo, the author behind the pen name, says she found it more interesting to write about teens being kind than about teens being mean.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Mar. 22

The Bard, the Bortnick, and a new look for Hirshhorn.

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Is Charm-ville A 'Silly' Name For Old Town Alexandria?

Alexandria is considering launching an advertising campaign to try and coin the nickname "Charm-ville" in its tourism advertisements.

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'Battle,' 'Games': Cold Brutality A Common Theme

The concept for the eight-year-old Japanese blockbuster Battle Royale is nearly the same as that of the forthcoming Hunger Games: In a dystopian future, children are forced to fight to the death as a spectacle for the rest of the population. Neda Ulaby explores the links between the two movies.
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Review: 'Hope: A Tragedy'

A new novel from Shalom Auslander includes among its characters, Anne Frank. In Hope: A Tragedy, she survived the Holocaust and is discovered hiding in the attic of a house in rural New York state being rented by the book's main character. Alan Cheuse, a writing teacher at George Mason University, has a review.
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Skirting The Job: 3 Secretaries With Novel Ideas

Author and secretary Lynn Peril knows that writing on the job is a time-honored tradition. She recommends three books that were written while the boss was looking the other way. Have you ever composed a novel at your day job? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Coco Chanel: The Unlikely Fashion Icon

Coco Chanel's name is synonymous with high fashion and luxury. She was born into extreme poverty, and eventually revolutionized women's fashion. In her recent biography Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney chronicles the life, loves and career of the fashion icon.
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Tebow, Tailgating, And Team Loyalty: Why The NFL Needs Nice Guys More Than Ever

Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning have two things in common: they're guys who inspire a lot of personal loyalty from fans who have increasingly complicated relationships with NFL teams.
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Coco Chanel, Unlikely Icon of Fashion

Coco Chanel's name is synonymous with high fashion and luxury. In a recent biography Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, author Lisa Chaney chronicles the life, loves and career of the fashion icon. In this installment of Tell Me More's biography series for Women's History Month host Michel Martin talks with Chaney.
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On DVD: Inside Bill Clinton's Campaign 'War Room'

The 1993 documentary The War Room, which offered a verite look behind the scenes of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, has just been released on Criterion Blu-ray and DVD. Critic-at-large John Powers explains why the film was revelatory — and why it could never be made today.

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