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April 26, 2011

By Rachel Osgood

Movie: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

By Rachel Osgood

While Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) have concluded their adventures aboard the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) return in this new addition to the saga. The two are joined by Angelica (Penelope Cruz), a mysterious figure from Jack’s past, in the quest for the legendary fountain of youth.

Book: ‘The Dressmaker of Khair Khana’

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Under the brutal regulations of the Taliban, the women of Afghanistan were reduced to mere pieces of fabric, forced to view the world from behind a shroud. “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana” illustrates the struggle and triumph of the Afghani women who fought to be restored to visibility. Kamela Sediqi, a 15-year-old girl, and her four younger sisters and brother were left to fend for themselves after their parents had to flee north. To support her family, Kamela risks her security as she attempts a business as a seamstress. This novel is unique in that it calls attention to the generally ignored heroic actions of women whose everyday lives are a fight for survival.

Album: ‘Songs for Japan’

Following the tsunami and earthquakes that struck Japan, “Songs for Japan” was released to raise funds for disaster relief. Featuring 38 hits by artists like icon John Lennon to pop’s Justin Bieber, the album is already No. 1 on the charts in 18 countries. All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

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