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I am a complete and absolute sucker for Thin Mints.
Patricia Volk's new book, "Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me" (Alfred A. Knopf), is a memoir about what she considers two of her biggest influences, her mother, Audrey Morgen Volk, and designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose fragrance, Shocking de Schiaparelli, her mother wore.

Three weeks of slogging down to 60 Centre Street to cover the Macy's versus Martha Stewart and J.C. Penney trial has got to make one think. It certainly has me thinking -- about the case, no doubt -- but also about the fanfare I've witnessed both in the courtroom and outside of it.

Investors are ready to believe again -- if only for a moment -- in the big-time buyout rumor.

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