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Life change...

A woman nearly burned to death by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is ready to tell her story in a memoir, her publisher announced Monday.

Lauren Manning, who was a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center, has a deal for "Every Day, a Choice," which will come out in the fall, around the 10th anniversary of the attacks, publisher Henry Holt and Co. said.

The book "is the story of her incredible transformation, both mentally and physically, in the wake of such an unforeseen and drastic change" and "how the experience of life is so much more than the story of a single terrible day," according to the publisher.

Manning's improbable recovery from burns over 80% of her body was documented in a 2002 book by her husband, Greg Manning. That book was called "Love, Greg & Lauren."


Newbery Medal winner...

Clare Vanderpool's "Moon Over Manifest," a young girl's magical and mysterious adventures in a small town in 1936, won the John Newbery Medal for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

"A Sick Day for Amos McGee," the gentle story of an elderly zookeeper and the animals who visit him at home when he's too unwell to work, received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children's picture book. "A Sick Day" was illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by her husband, Philip C. Stead, also the author of "Creamed Tuna Fish & Peas On Toast."

The awards are the highest honors in children's literature.


Kardashian sisters sued...

The Kardashian sisters have been sued by a California company that created a prepaid debit card endorsed by the reality show starlets.

The Fresno Bee reports that Revenue Resource Group LLC filed suit in Fresno County Superior Court last week against Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.

The sisters pulled out of the endorsement deal in November under criticism over the card's fees.

The company's lawsuit claims they broke their contract and cost company at least $75 million in losses. The sisters' mother, Kris Kardashian Jenner, and their company, Dash Dolls LLC, are also named in the suit.

The sisters cut ties to the card three weeks after the product launched following a warning from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal that the card's fees were "predatory."

The Kardashians star in a series of namesake reality shows following their lives.


Director honored ...

Director David Fincher just added to the numerous critics' awards for his work on "The Social Network," which include wins from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Award.

Monday, he earned a Directors Guild of America award nomination for the drama about the creation of Facebook.

The DGA Awards are considered one of the most reliable bellwethers for the best director Oscar. This year's winner will be named at the 63rd annual DGA Awards dinner on Jan. 29.

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