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“It’s all right to cry/Crying gets the sad out of you.” Marlo Thomas taught us this with Free to Be…You and Me. But it’s not all right to be churlish, free as I may be to be, well, me. All royalties from Thomas’ book Thanks & Giving: All Year Long will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Such a good cause; such an…odd book. It’s co-credited to Thomas “and Friends”—friends such as Donald Trump, Warren E. Buffett, and Barry Diller, who, weirdly, offer financial advice to the Tinkertoy set. Others, such as Matt Groening, Julianne Moore, Delia Ephron, Frankie Muniz, Mel Brooks, and dozens more, offer kids’ tales ranging from playful to icky, but the whole effort ends up seeming like a Highlights issue gone psychotically over budget. Still, there’s actual sheet music of a Hilary Duff song. Who knew? Hoppy, happy! Thomas reads at 6 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Dave Nuttycombe)