Here's something both staunch leftists and Tea Partiers can come together about: Vroman's Books presents President Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, at the Scarlet Tea Room as she signs her new book, Ladder to the Moon ($16.99, Candlewick). Based on the legacy of her mother, Ann Dunham, it's a collaborative work with artist Yuyi Morales and is for children 4 to 8 — which means you can actually feel accomplished when you say you read a book the other day. Equal parts personal secrets, traditional folklore and filial love, it's one of those time capsules parents wish they could impart to their children when it comes time to talk about the dearly departed. So go have lunch with the president's sister — what, you had more interesting lunch plans already sketched out for a Tuesday?

Tue., April 19, 11 a.m., 2011

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