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Today in History: Oprah Launches Book Club 

How did obscure titles become popular bestsellers? Does it take a big media personality to encourage readers to pick up books? Apart from intellectual, are book clubs meant to be therapeutic and self-improving? What makes for good reading and what should we get out of it? On September 17th 1996 American talk show host Oprah …

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The American Salon on Its 40th 

Four decades ago, three entrepreneurs opened an obscure coffee shop in Seattle and watched it grew into a NASDAQ registered business with a solid market capitalization.  In its 234 years of life, United States never commanded a salon culture as that of pre-Revolution France, Starbucks came closest to it as Broadway musicals did justice to …

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