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Read this: Helena Andrews, Patrick Swayze, war babies, how to dress for a party


One to watch: Helena Andrews's new memoir, "Bitch is the New Black," is being made into a Hollywood movie. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Good afternoon, everyone. Here's what you should be reading today:

  • Local writer Helena Andrews is poised to launch a black "Sex and the City," taking on the lives -- and loneliness -- of young, successful black women searching for love in Washington, D.C. DeNeen Brown gives you more reasons to learn about Andrews now, before she's a huge star.

  • Still mourning Patrick Swayze's passing? Ann Hornaday says he's captivating as an attorney in "Jump," a 1920s drama playing tonight at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

  • Edward Cody delivers the heart-wrenching story of WWII "war babies" -- children of Nazi soldiers and their mistresses in German-occupied European countries:

    Historians estimate that more than 800,000 children were born to German soldiers enforcing the four-year Nazi occupation of Europe, about 200,000 in France alone. . . . [M]ost were raised behind a veil of secrecy and shame, derided in school and unable to understand what they had done wrong. Many of their mothers had been shaved bald and paraded naked through the streets after the Germans retreated. Others . . . were jailed as traitors.

  • Think "dressing appropriately" is stupid? Sally Quinn is here to school you.

  • Facebook releases new privacy controls. If only the Salahis' page were immune.

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  • By The Reliable Source  |  December 10, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
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