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Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

Also: the first English-language bookstore in Cuba; the role of public libraries during natural disasters; the best books coming out this week.
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For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet and plan how to rebuild. There's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.
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'Dressing Constitutionally': When Fashion And Laws Collide

Ruthann Robson's new book explores the issues around what we where and how it's legislated, including everything from First Amendment questions to government concerns about public nudity.
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The Beauty And Calm Of 'Thinking In Numbers'

Daniel Tammet is a savant who experiences his world through equations and calculations. His new book, a collection of essays called Thinking In Numbers, explores language, history and even love through numbers.
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'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses

Imagine a library small enough to be towed by a bicycle; on that bike is a librarian who can check your books out, answer research questions and even issue a library card. The Seattle Public Library is experimenting with a program that does just that.
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At Libraries Across America, It's Game On

In the 1800s, British libraries used gaming rooms to lure patrons away from pubs. Now, across the country, libraries are using video games to attract millennials — and the goal isn't always educational.
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Party Like It's 2009: Life And Friendship In The Great Recession

When the economy's dropping like an anvil, young professionals have to find ways to make do — and having friends always helps. Reviewer Alex Espinoza says Choire Sicha's Very Recent History is an insightful tale of friends weathering a tough economy in the big city.
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Contested Memories Find Common Ground In 'The Storied South'

The Storied South is a new book by folklorist William Ferris, collecting forty years worth of oral histories from Southern writers and artists. Ferris tells NPR's Celeste Headlee that the book was a way of getting everyone from Eudora Welty to Bobby Rush to a "common table of conversation."
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Book News: Barbara Mertz, Mystery Novelist Of Many Names, Dies

Also: Flannery O'Connor's pet peacocks; Pamela Erens on Middlemarch; a new book by George Saunders.
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'Dork Diaries' Reveal Secrets Of 'Not-So-Fabulous' Teen Life

Rachel Renee Russell's very popular series stars a not-so-popular protagonist. The Dork Diaries are written by Nikki Maxwell, a misfit at a new school. Russell was inspired to write the books after seeing her own daughters struggle with the "dork" label during their teenage years.

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