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Michelle And Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor interviewed more than 200 sources, including White House aides and friends of the Obamas, to paint a portrait of the first family's life inside the White House.
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Hollywood Writer Extols Black Woman's Perspective

One of the most powerful writers and producers in Hollywood is black, female, middle-aged and Muslim. Mara Brock Akil produces, along with her husband The Game -- one of the biggest hit TV shows on cable. Last year, the couple collaborated on the film Jumping the Broom.
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Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

The orphaned German shepherd was found in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. Writer Susan Orlean details how he became one of the biggest film stars of the silent era in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.
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Knitting Behind Bars, Learning Focus And Patience

One Maryland prison is seeing a waiting list for inmates to get into a weekly knitting class. Participants of 'Knitting Behind Bars' learn how to make hats, dolls and other small items. The program's co-founder, Lynn Zwerling, talks with host Michel Martin about how knitting has benefited prisoners.
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Dancing Through History With First Ladies' Gowns

Every four years in January, Washington plays host to the country's biggest "prom." Inaugural balls bring out happy winners, administration bigwigs and a gown — on the first lady — that will become part of history. A Smithsonian exhibition displays some of those gowns.
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A Self-Published Author's $2-Million Cinderella Story

No one wanted to publish Amanda Hocking's novels, so she put them online. For a long while, she'd sell one or two books a day. Then, in June, it exploded. She's now part of an elite literary club: authors who have sold 1 million books on the Amazon Kindle.
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'Orphan': A New Novel Imagines Life In North Korea

In The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson sensitively imagines life how ordinary North Koreans struggle to endure work camps, professional torturers and the repressions of an all-powerful state.
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Arrange The Notes

Each answer is a five-letter word or phrase containing the letters N, O, T, E plus one other letter. Answer the clues to get the words.
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'Man In The Middle': Between Faith And Politics

Tim Goeglein worked as a staffer in the George W. Bush White House for nearly eight years. In his new book, The Man in the Middle, Goeglein describes his tenure and the role of religious faith in politics.

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