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Lou Villars Is An Elite French Athlete Who Becomes A Gestapo Informant In ‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club’

Lou Villars Is An Elite French Athlete Who Becomes A Gestapo Informant In ‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club’

May 1, 2014


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By Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times (MCT) “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932” by Francine Prose; Harper ($26.99) ——— “Police! Open Up!” is regularly heard at the door of the Chameleon Club, the fictional cabaret in Francine Prose’s new novel set in 1930s Paris. Unconventio...

‘The Price of Silence’: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal And The Games People Play

‘The Price of Silence’: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal And The Games People Play

May 1, 2014


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By Mark Dent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) “The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite and the Corruption of Our Great Universities” by William D. Cohan; Scribner ($35) ——— The details you may recall of the March 2006 Duke lacrosse scandal are likely scant. If...

Reading James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room,’ I Realized What I Wanted To Do: I Wanted To Make A Stranger Feel What I Felt Just By The Words I Chose

Reading James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room,’ I Realized What I Wanted To Do: I Wanted To Make A Stranger Feel What I Felt Just By The Words I Chose

May 1, 2014


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In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book “Giovanni’s Room” had made me want to be a writer. He looked me up and down and asked, “Do your parents know?” I was earnest and si...

A ‘Mockingbird’ For A New Generation

A ‘Mockingbird’ For A New Generation

May 1, 2014


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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” — Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” “To Kill a Mockingbird...

‘China Bridges: Living Architecture From China’s Past’

‘China Bridges: Living Architecture From China’s Past’

April 10, 2014


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By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) “China Bridges: Living Architecture from China’s Past” by Ronald G. Knapp; Tuttle Publishing ($29.95) ——— Budding bridge engineers should look to Asia for inspiration For thousands of years, China has built bridges for comme...

Russia’s History And Politics, Not U.S. Policies, Drive Putin In Ukraine, Book Argues

Russia’s History And Politics, Not U.S. Policies, Drive Putin In Ukraine, Book Argues

April 10, 2014


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By Roy Gutman McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) “Putin’s Wars: The Rise of Russia’s New Imperialism” by Marcel H. Van Herpen; Rowman Littlefield ($29.95) ——— WASHINGTON — In the U.S. debate over the Ukraine crisis, with its inward focus on which U.S. administration has b...

The Romance Reader: ‘Night Diver’

The Romance Reader: ‘Night Diver’

April 10, 2014


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By Lezlie Patterson McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell; William Morrow ($26.99) ——— Elizabeth Lowell’s characters are often snide, cynical and sarcastic, and she did not deviate from this form in “Night Diver.” But in this case, it adds a bit t...

‘Life Is a Wheel,’ Across America On Two-Wheels

‘Life Is a Wheel,’ Across America On Two-Wheels

March 27, 2014


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‘Life Is a Wheel,’ across America on two-wheels By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT) “Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America” by Bruce Weber; Scribners ($26) ——— Bruce Weber claims that traveling by bicycle isn’t “the contemplative, mind-me...

‘This Dark Road to Mercy’ Combines Love, Failed Ambition, Responsibility And Revenge

‘This Dark Road to Mercy’ Combines Love, Failed Ambition, Responsibility And Revenge

March 27, 2014


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By Oline H. Cogdill Sun Sentinel (MCT) “This Dark Road to Mercy” by Wiley Cash; Morrow ($25.99) ——— Wiley Cash’s lyrical, poignant approach to storytelling — an outstanding asset of his 2012 debut — takes another leap forward in “This Dark Road to Mercy.” As he di...

Craig Nelson’s ‘The Age of Radiance’ Is A Highly Readable Romp Into The History Of The Atomic Era

Craig Nelson’s ‘The Age of Radiance’ Is A Highly Readable Romp Into The History Of The Atomic Era

March 27, 2014


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By Scott Martelle Los Angeles Times (MCT) “The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era” by Craig Nelson; Scribner ($29.99) ——— Early in his new history of humanity’s embrace of nuclear energy and radiation, Craig Nelson writes about the impoverished 1...

‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back’ By Ian Doescher

‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back’ By Ian Doescher

March 20, 2014


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By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) “William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher; Quirk Books ($14.95) ——— A long time ago in a galaxy far, far — well, really about a year ago, William Shakespeare (died 1616) teamed up with Oregon author Ia...

Talking With Dave Barry

Talking With Dave Barry

March 20, 2014


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By Beth Whitehouse Newsday (MCT) Humor columnist Dave Barry jokes that he wanted to title his newest book “Dave Barry: I Bet You Thought He Was Dead.” His publisher, however, vetoed that in favor of “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Kn...

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