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On the Books Aug. 29: Gwyneth trumps Irene, the economics of being attractive, and more

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++ What are the essentials for surviving a hurricane? Flashlights, gas, food … an autographed copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter? For a big crowd at the BookHampton bookstore in East Hampton, Paltrow’s guide to healthy eating (and name-dropping) proved to be a must for waiting out Hurricane Irene.

++ Three news books examine the economic effects of being pretty. (Spoiler alert: Findings show that being attractive will almost always increase your net worth). Familiarize yourself with buzzword “pulchronomics.”

++ Further proving that sex sells, Bookfinder.com released its annual Top 100 Out-of-Print books list. Madonna’s steamy Sex continues to claim the #1 spot.

++ Re-reading Sweet Valley High — was it really as sweet as we remember?

++ One professor proposes an education based solely on reading (in addition to mathematics). Sounds good to me, except for the part about mathematics … but I guess they’re pretty important.

++ For inspiration on turning your tweets into literary gems, look to Alexander Pope.