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Anna Quindlen: Over 50, And Having 'Plenty Of Cake'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times columnist's new memoir explores her past, present and future — her relationships with her parents and children, her faith, her career and her feelings about herself over the past five decades.
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A Rival For Pigeon In Willems' New 'Duckling'

Life is an endless series of frustrations and disappointments for Pigeon, the star of a popular series of children's books by author Mo Willems. In the latest, Pigeon must contend with the delightfully sweet and polite Duckling, who gets a cookie just by asking.
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Rodney King Comes To Grips With 'The Riot Within'

In his new memoir, Rodney King explains why he gave his famous "Can we get along?" speech when riots erupted after police officers were acquitted in his beating. His lawyers had drafted a far angrier script for him. He also reflects on his life since the trial: "Things have changed for me," he says.
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The Artistry Of 'Children's Picturebooks' Revealed

Children's books seem simple, but good ones are deceptively complicated to write and illustrate. The images and the text depend on each other, and author Martin Salisbury says it's quite a challenge to condense a story into just 32 pages while maintaining simplicity and elegance.
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India: A Country In The Midst Of Change

When Akash Kapur returned to India after more than a decade of living in the United States, he returned to a place he hardly recognized. He chronicles some of those changes in his book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India.

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