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updated 02/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Next month PEOPLE will be lighting sparklers on its 20th-birthday cake (see the Editor's letter in this issue). Others are celebrating with us and, we blush to admit, two books are being published to mark the occasion.

PEOPLE Celebrates People: The Best of 20 Unforgettable Years (People Books, $24.95), edited by the magazine's founding editor, Richard B. Stolley; offers readers a year-by-year collection of 400 surprising and of ten poignant black-and-white photographs that capture the highest, lowest and sometimes silliest moments of the past two decades of pop culture. All of the photographs were originally published in PEOPLE.

Inside PEOPLE: The Stories Behind the Stories (Villard, $19.95), by Judy Kessler, a former PEOPLE assistant editor and TV producer whose other books include Inside Today: The Battle for the Morning, is a chatty and anecdotal behind-the-scenes account of how PEOPLE's reporters and photographers landed some of the magazine's most memorable stories, ranging from the life and death of Ryan White to the Julia Roberts-Lyle Lovett wedding.

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