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Ringo Starr writes
‘Octopus’ Garden’
as children’s book

Ringo Starr is turning an old Beatles favorite into a children’s book.

The drummer has a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Children Books for “Octopus’ Garden,” based on one of the few songs the drummer wrote and sang while with the Beatles. The publisher announced recently that the book will come out in Britain this fall and in the U.S. in early 2014. The book will be illustrated by Ben Cort, whose credits include “Aliens Love Underpants.”

Starr, who turns 73 next month, wrote the song while on Peter Sellers’ yacht in 1968. Starr and Sellers co-starred in the film “The Magic Christian.”

“Octopus’ Garden” first appeared on the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, released in 1969.

“Lean In” is No. 1 on
NYT best-seller list

Apparently Sheryls Sandberg’s book “Lean In” is a popular graduation gift. During this month’s caps-and-gowns season, sales of of the manifesto for women in the workplace soared, and the book topped The New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller list last week. Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, has been encouraging a national conversation on how women can advance in their careers.

— Associated Press

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