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Barbara Bush Pages A Way To Beat Cancer

(NAPSI)-Former First Lady and reading advocate Barbara Bush has joined composer Tim Janis and the National Foundation for Cancer Research on a new children's book. "Shine Like a Lighthouse" is an empowering story about a snail who uses his positive attributes to "shine." Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, which helps families of cancer patients.

The inspirational book is accompanied by a CD featuring children's songs with music by Janis and includes a reading of the book by Mrs. Bush.

"Children are a bright light in the world and every child is so special. It is my sincere desire that this book will become a beacon of light to those whose families, children and other loved ones are suffering from cancer," said Barbara Bush.

Books can be purchased online at You can also send one to a hospitalized child with cancer.

For more information, visit or call (800) 321-CURE (2873).

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has recorded a children's book to help combat cancer.

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Women's Lives Loved

Your Kids Are Your Own Fault

(NAPSI)-An intriguing book provides insights into women's lives and friendships that many women--and the men who care about them--may find revealing.

It's the story of 11 ordinary women with an extraordinary bond. The Wall Street Journal's "Moving On" columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, co-author of "The Last Lecture," chronicles their lives from their early days in the town of Ames, Iowa.

They moved to eight different states, yet managed to

maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, illnesses and even a mysterious death. The "girls" have a lifetime of memories, some evocative of their generation and others that will resonate with any woman who has ever had a friend.

That's important, according to research at the University of Missouri. It found that women who have a strong support system--a network of friends and family they call on for help--are more likely to have high self-esteem. This book can almost serve as a manual on developing, keeping and reviving friendships.

Now available in paperback from Gotham Books, "The Girls From Ames" captures what it was like to be girls in the '60s, to come of age in the '70s and '80s and enter middle age in the new millennium.

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Algebra Made Fun

New Textbook Rental Option Helps Students Stay On Budget

(NAPSI)-There's good news for those who find algebra intimidating. A new book is designed to help the reader master that particular branch of math by taking a lighthearted approach that is said to open the door to math success.

By using a combination of personality quizzes, real-life testimonials and step-by-step lessons, author, actress and advocate for math education Danica McKellar presents a number of lessons, all with the purpose of helping the reader--teenage girls in particular--master this branch of math. She explains the mystery behind square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems and more.

The book--"Hot X: Algebra Exposed"--follows McKellar's two previous books on math, "Math Doesn't Suck" and "Kiss My Math."

She is also known for her role on "The Wonder Years" and "The West Wing." Her work as a math advocate has been recognized in Newsweek and USA Today and on "Good Morning America," "Today" and NPR's "Science Friday."

The book is published by Hudson Street Press and is available online and where books are sold. For more information, go to

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"Roller-Coaster" Read

Reanimating the Classics

(NAPSI)--Hot off the presses in paperback, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author James Rollins' edge-of-your-seat thriller "The Doomsday Key" (Harper mass market) finds Sigma Force--an elite, covert unit--embroiled in a centuries-old secret. "The Doomsday Key" has been described as being more like a roller-coaster ride than a novel.

Three murders bear horrifying resemblances: At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in the heart of St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain within a Red Cross camp. A Druidic pagan cross connects them.

The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a global hunt for a powerful group of industrialists who have a stranglehold on the world's food supply. Aided by two women from his past, Gray flees a trio of high-tech assassins as he pieces together the clues.

In every Sigma Force thriller, Rollins contemplates how the advancement of technology--if used by the wrong people--could lead to the catastrophic destruction of society. Here, Rollins explores how overpopulation and the diminishing food supply have spurred scientists to create genetically modified crops to better feed the hungry.

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When Machines And Monsters Meet The Classics

A Fresh, Fast And Fabulous Festive Meal(NAPSI)-How do you improve a classic? Just add robots, cyborgs and interstellar space travel. That's what Quirk Books and best-selling author Ben H. Winters did when they re-imagined Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece to create "Android Karenina, " a steampunk-inspired retelling of "Anna Karenina."

Jason Rekulak, associate publisher at Quirk Books and editor of the Quirk Classics series, explains: "Everyone remembers 'Anna Karenina' for the romance and adultery, but Tolstoy's novel also explored how new technology was changing the landscape of 19th century Russia." Rekulak asked Ben H. Winters, author of The New York Times best seller and monsterpiece "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters," to push that new technology even further. Winters introduced robots and rocket ships to the story and rewrote the love story within the context of a larger-than-life science fiction novel.

Quirk Books began the literary mash-up craze in 2009 with The New York Times best-selling "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen. With more than 1 million copies in print, it has been translated into 20 languages and optioned to become a film starring Natalie Portman. Inspired by the original novel, Quirk recently published "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls," a prequel by award-winning novelist Steve Hockensmith. Already a New York Times best seller, this terrifying and hilarious book explains the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England and tells the story of young Elizabeth Bennett evolving from a naïve young teenager into a slayer of the undead. All four books are available wherever books are sold. For more information, visit


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Cold War To Cell Phones

Something to Think About When Choosing a College

(NAPSI)--Best-selling author Steve Martini combines fact and fiction in "Guardian of Lies"--his most electrifying novel yet. A breathless tale involving rare coins, an ex-CIA agent, a ruthless assassin and a conspiracy stretching back to the days of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the new paperback (Harper paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) provides insight into the historical ramifications of the Cold War, as well as the modern-day practices of government agencies--exploring how the CIA and FBI track citizens and terrorists alike using cell phone technology.

A dramatic novel filled with cinematic scenes and an unforgettable cast of characters, "Guardian of Lies" shows us what happens when a man's back is against the wall, when trust and patriotism are under fire.

Martini's newest hardcover release, "The Rule of Nine," will leave new readers and fans on the edge of their seats, as defense attorney Paul Madriani tracks an extremist totally intent on destroying the entire Supreme Court. Both books are available where books are sold or through


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