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The Seedy Underbelly Of The Belle Epoque, 'Painted'

The belle epoque was not particularly belle if you were poor and female — like the young girl who modeled for Edgar Degas' famous sculpture, The Little Dancer, Aged 14. A new novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan tells the story of that girl, ballet student Marie van Goethem.
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NBA Star Aims To Inspire Young Readers With 'Slam Dunk'

New York Knicks captain Amar'e "STAT" Stoudemire is a six-time All-Star, an education activist and the author of three books for middle-schoolers. In his latest release, an injury helps an 11-year-old STAT learn lessons both on and off the court.
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No Going Back: A Hard Look At Bipolar Disorder

Juliann Garey's novel, Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, is a searing exploration of mental illness. Author Ellen Forney says it's a vivid and accurate depiction of bipolar disorder.
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Job Cuts Are Coming To Wall Street

The Investment bank Morgan Stanley has announced plans to shed 1,600 jobs — about half of those cuts will be made in the U.S. The move is a seen as aimed at cutting costs and boosting equity returns for the banks investors.
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'A Life In Friendships' Is A Life Well-Lived

Susanna Sonnenberg's life has been full of interesting women, and in a new memoir she tells their stories. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that She Matters: A Life in Friendships is a beautifully written book about the bonds, and the boundary issues, between women.
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Alexandra Horowitz: "On Looking"

Cognitive scientist and author Alexandra Horowitz writes about taking walks around her neighborhood with 11 experts to see what she's missing.

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Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps

Tales of Machiavellian office politics are all the rage in China, where "bureaucracy lit" is flying off bookstore shelves. The books are read as both entertainment and as how-to guides for aspiring civil servants. Pioneers of the genre offer a path to success in China's corridors of power.

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