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Johanna Edwards 

Author of How to Be Cool stops in Atlanta

In her third novel, How to Be Cool, best-selling author Johanna Edwards takes her readers into the world of Kylie Chase, reformed fat girl and how-to-be-cool guru. The perfect summertime beach read, How to be Cool is, much like Edwards herself, fantastically fun. Edwards stops in Atlanta on her national book tour Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Southlake.

The World's Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton: "Every time they put out a new edition, I snap it up. These books are like anti-travel guides. Robert Young Pelton and his team of fearless traveling companions embark on fun-filled, death-defying vacations to places like Somalia, Algeria and Iraq. Perfect for arm-chair enthusiasts and anyone who's ever wondered what it would be like to vacation in a war zone."

Ed Helms on "The Office": "The capital of Maine is Montpelier, Vermont. Cornell. Rockin' Robin cell phone ring tones. Big Tuna. Ed Helms was fantastic on 'The Daily Show' and he's even better here."

Google Image: "I am foolishly addicted to Google Image and I search for everyone I know. Of course, the other day I Google Imaged my ex-boyfriend and this enormous picture of his wedding announcement popped up, which was kind of scary."

Beth Ditto, lead singer of Gossip: "I just think it's so strange (and cool) that this unapologetically overweight, Arkansas-bred young girl has become a huge sex symbol in Europe. Plus, her music really rocks."

Fake hair: "Those cheap, $15 hair extensions they sell in drugstores match my shade perfectly. I've been strutting around with a sassy clip-on ponytail for months."

Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats": "Growing up in Tennessee, people naturally expect you to be a country music fan -- although I've always kind of hated it. However, this new Carrie Underwood song has gotten under my skin, and I can't stop singing it. I finally had to cave and download it off iTunes."

"Big Brother" in the summertime: "It's lowest-common-denominator programming, but I love every second of it! My only request: Can we please bring back Will 'Dr. Evil' Kirby and Mike Boogie for a third go-around?"

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