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August 21, 2013

Aretha Franklin
The Associated Press

Aretha Franklin performs May 11 during McDonald’s Gospelfest 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

People & Entertainment: Aretha has a 'miraculous' recovery

NEW YORK - Aretha Franklin won't say what caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon.

"My treatments are going very well. My ... doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous," Franklin said Tuesday.

"I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing. And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is.'"

The 71-year-old Queen of Soul has canceled several concerts and public appearances over the last few months due to unspecified health concerns. On Monday, she said she was unable to personally accept an award honoring her work with civil rights from Major League Baseball on Saturday in Chicago.

When asked directly what her health concern was, Franklin declined to go into specifics: "I'm not one to go into my personal health things."

But she said it was very common to women and "I just had to deal with it." She said it was partly related to the health concern she had about three years ago that led her to cancel shows at that time.

She said she's looking forward to performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February but isn't rushing back to the stage.

'Today' launches new book club with debut novel

NEW YORK - NBC's "Today" show is investing in readers.

The morning program announced Tuesday that it is starting a new book club. Its first club pick is "The Bone Season," the debut novel of 21-year-old Samantha Shannon. Published by Bloomsbury, it's the first in a planned seven-part series set in a dystopian futuristic London.

The "Today" show had a book club about 10 years ago. It lasted about three years.

This time, the show has combined forces with Google+ Hangout to open up a discussion about the books among "Today" personalities, authors and fans.

New selections will be made every four to five weeks.





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