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Encyclopedia Brown: The Great Sleuth From My Youth

Author Donald Sobol's death takes crime novelist Jonathan Hayes back to his childhood, and the books that informed who he became.
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'Encyclopedia Brown' Author Dies At 87

Donald Sobol, author of the popular Encyclopedia Brown series died last week in Miami. Sobol's first big success in writing came in 1958, with his syndicated column, Two-Minute Mysteries.
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Addict To Activist: How Elton John Found His 'Cure'

The musician describes his life in the '80s as a "drug-fueled haze," but he says he turned it all around after meeting Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. In Love Is the Cure, John recounts his journey from substance abuse to AIDS advocacy.
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African Politics, And Afros, In 'My First Coup D'Etat'

Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama has written a new memoir of growing up during what he calls Africa's "lost decades," the dfficult years after independence. It's not all politics, though: Mahama also writes about enjoying James Brown and traditional village dances.
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Stephen Covey's 'Habits' Spanned Business, Life

The management and self-help guru's best-known work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, was on The New York Times best-seller list for more than five years. His brilliance lay in boiling down life practices that lead to action in a way that people could easily understand. Covey died Monday at age 79.
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Stephen Covey, Author Of '7 Habits,' Dead At 79

Covey advocated for a moral transformation in business. To do good, he said, you have to be good.
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Big Crime, Little State: Murder, Mystery In R.I.

For author Bruce DeSilva, Providence, R.I.'s storied history of mob violence and small-town sense of intimacy make it the perfect place to set his crime fiction. The only trouble, he says, is toning down the truth just enough to make it believable.
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Chewing Chia Packs A Superfood Punch

You might know them best in pet form, but the tiny little seeds have moved beyond their terra cotta figurines to become an increasingly popular health food. Wayne Coates writes about the benefits of chia seed in Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood.
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In 'Red Chamber,' A Love Triangle For The Ages

Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.

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