Book excerpt: Judy Blume's "In the Unlikely Event"

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Book excerpt: Judy Blume's "In the Unlikely Event"

"In the Unlikely Event" (soon to be published by Knopf) is the latest novel by bestselling author Judy Blume. It is a fictionalized account of her childhood growing up in New Jersey, and the impact of a series of plane crashes that occurred in 1951-52. Though aimed at adults, it still touches on some of Blume's profound and familiar themes of struggling youth, including a young girl's questions about how God could let such terrible things happen.

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Why Letting Girls Learn Matters

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Why Letting Girls Learn Matters

In the early 1980s, the Peace Corps sent my husband, Steve, and I to a small village in Western Samoa to teach at an all-girls school. I've seen first-hand, through my own Peace Corps service and more than 25 years working on the ground in international development, the undeniable power of education to transform a girl's life - and the life of her family, her community, and eventually, her nation. Flash forward to today, and I couldn't be prouder to announce, as Peace Corps Director, a powerful new collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama that's part of the U.S. government's commitment to Let Girls Learn.

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