Alison Bechdel is the author of the graphic memoir Fun Home and the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Elena Seibert/Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Ben Bernanke is seen leaving his Washington, D.C., office on Jan. 31, his last day as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Author James Patterson, pictured in 2011 in New York City, says independent bookstores are "vital to our future as a country." Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Disney Publishing hide caption

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