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'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new memoir

Fans of home-improvement TV know Nicole Curtis as the hands-on blonde of "Rehab Addict." But her road to becoming a design and media star has been paved with struggles and setbacks along with successes, chronicled in her new book: "Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned From Saving Old Homes (And How They Saved Me)" (Artisan, $27.95).

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Book review: 'Penguin's Christmas Wish,' preschoolers learn the true meaning of Christmas

Parents need to know that "Penguin's Christmas Wish" is the sixth book in the popular "Penguin" series by author-illustrator Salina Yoon. Here, the loveable Penguin and his family go into the forest and decorate a Christmas tree, but when they wake up the next morning, they find a blizzard has dumped snow on all the trees and their decorations and presents appear to have vanished. How they make do and have a lovely Christmas anyway is a gentle story filled with the key message that Christmas isn't just about presents and decorations. And a fun, fresh twist guarantees that Penguin gets his wish to "share Christmas with the whole forest" after all.

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 27, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.

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Modesto police freeze in Mannequin Challenge

The Modesto Police Department joined the Mannequin Challenge, a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded.
Modesto Police Department
Modesto police freeze in Mannequin Challenge 2:35

Modesto police freeze in Mannequin Challenge

Drawing conclusions: Arts, academics make beautiful music together 1:26

Drawing conclusions: Arts, academics make beautiful music together

Merced City STEAMs ahead with arts 0:41

Merced City STEAMs ahead with arts

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band 0:41

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band