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Tom Perrotta tackles sex education in his novel, and the lack of it in real life
In a poignant presentation of his latest bestseller The Abstinence Teacher (Macmillan Audio and St. Martin's Press; October, 2007) at BookExpo America 2007, Tom Perrotta talked not about sex education or his novel so much as the painful outcomes of the lack of sex education as he was growing up. Perrotta illustrated his point by reading from his essay called Sperm Attack, reminding us what it's like to be sexually uninformed. Perrotta then told the brutal true story of 'D' to close his remarks. Later, Perrotta autographed books at the St. Martin's Press BEA booth.

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Valerie Plame Wilson comes in from the cold: Valerie Plame Wilson talks about herlegal battles with the White House, Dick Cheney and the CIA, and offers a snapshot of her tell-as-much-as-she-can memoir of her life as a spy, 'Fair Game.'

Alice McDermott and George Pelecanos hit the paperback racks: Alice McDermott reads from her novel, 'After This,' and talks about her work, while George Pelecanos takes questions from the audience on Washington, DC, politics, Hollywood and his writing at the National Book Festival 2006. Last year's hardcovers are now out in paperback.

Mende Nazer's nightmare of slavery ends in freedom and fairy tale re-union: Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis tell the story of Mende Nazer's life as a slave in Khartoum and London, and her subsequent escape and re-union with her family in her native land of Nuba, Sudan.

Paul Krugman examines Republican values with 'The Conscience Of A Liberal': Bestselling author, New York Times columnist, and professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, Paul Krugman

Joseph Finder makes his 'Power Play' on national bestseller lists: Joseph Finder visits the Jabberwocky Bookstore in Newburyport, Massachusetts, tells the story of his life--from the CIA to the top 10 on the New York Times bestseller list

Ken Burns brings 'The War' home: Ken Burns offers an intimate look at the lives of 40 citizens of four U.S. towns whose lives were changed forever by World War II

Alan Alda overhears himself talking about the meaning of life: The star of screen, stage, and television ('M*A*S*H'), bestselling author Alan Alda picks up where his last book ('Never Have Your Dog Stuffed') left off--recovering from intestinal surgery after a near-death experience on a Chilean mountaintop.

Charles Rangel hasn't had a bad day in over fifty years: Charles Rangel describes his role as one of the most powerful politicians in the U.S. and the lessons he learned in his journey to the top

Victoria Rowell offers her inspirational journey from Foster care to soap opera diva: Soap opera diva Victoria Rowell talks about her journey from Foster care child to super mom and celebrity

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