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With Space-Bound Hubbies, 'Astrowives' Became 'First Reality Stars'

On April 9,1959, the U.S. introduced its first astronauts, and then launched their wives into the spotlight. In The Astronaut Wives Club, Lily Koppel looks at how seven women coped with the attention and anxiety that came with being married to the space race.
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Book News: Illinois School Board Restores 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

Also: A comic book for the blind; Salvador Dali's great, trippy Alice in Wonderland illustrations.
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Book Review: 'The Sweet Girl'

Alan Cheuse revisits the writing of Anabel Lyon. He says her second novel in the world of Aristotle, The Sweet Girl, does not disappoint.
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What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out

Some experts are concerned that both in-school assignments and the books kids read for pleasure may not be challenging them enough.
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Jeannette Walls' 'Silver Star' Lacks Spunk And Direction

The novel is about two sisters, aged 12 and 15, who travel cross-country after their mother abandons them. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that not only the characters are adrift in this book, the story itself seems unsure of what it wants to be.
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Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic"

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.

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