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As the stilettoed crowd prepares to pack into the tents at Lincoln Center next week, let's freshen up on what's changed and what hasn't since the last fashion conclave.

Where did the Revolutionary War take place, and what traces of it still remain in those spots? That's a question Robert Sullivan elected to answer in "My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

How's the consumer?

It's a question that economists and corporate bigwigs ask each other all the time. Is she buying? What's she buying? What's the latest consumer confidence number? Is unemployment rising? How much are families spending on gas? Kids' clothes? Cable? IPhones? Where are they going to shop?

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