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Arianna Huffington survives divorce, blogging, politics...tells how in book 'On Becoming Fearless'
Ariana Huffington certainly sounded fearless when she spoke at a BookExpo America panel featuring Andrew Sullivan, Pat Buchanan and Frank Rich. Introduced by veteran ABC news correspondent Lynn Sherr, Huffington appeared soft-spoken in person as she introduced her new book, On Becoming Fearless...In Love, Work, and Life (Little, Brown and Company; September 4, 2006), but pulled no punches when she talked about 'smelling' the fear of Democrats. Moving effortlessly from political punditry, where she made her name as a blogger (Huffington Post), Huffington tilted her talk toward her own personal fears in parenting, relationships, and work and noted that the worst fear of all, especially for women, is fear of failure. In her quiet voice, Huffington went on to answer Sherr's tough questions about political divisions in the U.S. without batting an eyelash; gave her views on the war in Iraq and the lessons to be learned from it; disparaged the Republican right wing culture wars; predicted a voter revolt against the status quo in 2006; hammered George W. Bush in her most velvety tones as 'the man who did his best to destroy America'; and dressed down Hillary Clinton as a politician so fear-driven that she stands for nothing.

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Lynn Sherr Stars 'Outside the Box': Lynn Sherr refuses to be boxed in by star pundits at BookExpo America 2006.

Frank Rich lands at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, October 8, 2006: Three weeks after its initial release, and just one month before the U.S. Congressional mid-term elections, New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Rich's book 'The Greatest Story Ever Sold' bursts onto the #2 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

Marie Arana unwraps the Amazon jungle, revealing rich characters in her first novel, 'Cellophane': Washington Post book review editor, and author of her acclaimed memoir, 'American Chica,' Marie Arana talks about her first novel, 'Cellophane'

Monica Ali makes case for free speech and new post-liberalism morality: On the heels of her highly acclaimed bestselling first novel, 'Brick Lane,' Monica Ali presents 'Alentejo Blue' at BookExpo America 2006 with a manifesto of sorts on censorship and the need for post-liberalism morality based on individual free speech

John Updike satirizes New York Times article on Google's digitized 'universal library': Literary lion John Updike sets aside his new novel to rip tech reporter Kevin Kelly's New York Times Sunday Magazine article extolling the wonders of Google's digitized 'universal library' initiative.

Anderson Cooper's search for his 'bliss' leads to 'Dispatches from the Edge': CNN Anchor tells how his search for 'bliss' ended in a quest to 'find feeling again' in war-torn Iraq and Katrina-ravaged Louisiana

'Any Bitter Thing' tastes sweet for Monica Wood: Monica Wood's 'Any Bitter Thing,' tops Target's 'Breakout Novel' category, lands on bestseller lists and BookSense Summer Reading pick.

Tim Russert introduces mother of all Father's Day books: NBC-TV 'Meet the Press' host Tim Russert discounts world leaders in favor of everyday heroes--fathers

Kim Cattrall and Hollywood will give way to Tim Russert and politics at BEA 2006: Kim Cattrall, Bill Mahr, Peter Bogdanovich, Henry Winkler starred at BookExpo America in New York City last year. The largest book publishing event in the U.S. moves to Washington, D.C., for the 2006 edition, featuring--you guessed it--politicians and pundits.

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