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Mistress of Ceremonies Meredith Vieira, Hall of Fame Honoree Maria Rodale, Legacy Award Honoree Scott Manning, Gene Stone, Gene Bauer,
Charles Fishman, Ann Ogden Gaffney, Amy Ellis Nutt, Frances Fisher (presenter for Maria Rodale) Hall of Fame Honoree Marianne Williamson,
Deanna Fei, Sarah Hepola, Co-Mistress of Ceremonies Ann Leary, PJ O'Rourke (presenter for Scott Manning)

At a much-loved annual ceremony in New York City's TimesCenter, ten self-improvement authors won awards in the cateogries of childcare, cookbook, first book, green, inspriational memoir, motivational, psychology, relationships, spiritual, and wellness.

Click here to see the winners, who include Gloria Steinem for My Life on the Road.

The event was hosted by the radiant and warmly humorous Meredith Vieira, and featured the Hall of Fame induction of Maria Rodale, Chairman and CEO, Rodale Inc., whose company was organic long before it was trendy, and the divinely insightful Marianne Williamson, New York Times Best-Selling Author.

The Legacy Award was presented to publicity dynamo and event founder Scott Manning, of Scott Manning & Associates. The presenters included television personality and personal trainer Jillian Michaels, actress Francis Fisher (played Kate Winslet's mother in Titanic) and humorist PJ O'Rourke.

Since its inception in 1996, the Books for a Better Life Awards has raised more than $2.5 million for The New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society...continued.

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Women Rule:
Find out what Prince Harry, Michael Moore, Warren Buffet and others really think of women. (It's all good.)

It's Ironic, Don't Ya Think?
The Basically Brooklyn Series
by Jon Simonds

It's nearly twenty years since legendary rapper Tupac Shakur left a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas.

Immediately following his departure, Shakur and company were stuck at a red light on the Vegas Strip. continued

Seeking Jordan
an interview with author Matthew McKay by Kim Corbin

If you have lost someone you deeply love, or have become strongly aware of your mortality, it's hard to avoid wondering about life after death, the existence of God, notions of heaven and hell, and why we are here in the first place.

The murder of Matthew McKay's son, Jordan, sent him on a journey in search of ways to communicate with his son despite fears and uncertainty... continued

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