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‘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...

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...

What makes ‘What Makes This Book So Great’ so great? A love of reading

What makes ‘What Makes This Book So Great’ so great? A love of reading

March 5, 2014


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By Jim Higgins Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MCT) “What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy” by Jo Walton; Tor ($26.99) ——— What makes Jo Walton’s new book, “What Makes This Book So Great,” so great indeed is that it champions adults readi...

From Page to Screen and Back Again

From Page to Screen and Back Again

February 25, 2014


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By James Barragan Los Angeles Times (MCT) The memoir “12 Years a Slave” was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Now Solomon Northup’s personal narrative is a bestseller — 161 years after it first came out — through a tie-in to...

‘Miss Peregrine’s’ sequel doesn’t disappoint

‘Miss Peregrine’s’ sequel doesn’t disappoint

January 16, 2014


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By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs; Quirk Books, Philadelphia (399 pages, $17.99) Talented fantasy writer Ransom Riggs has finally produced the second volume, “Hollow City,” in his se...

This week’s best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

November 26, 2013


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McClatchy-Tribune News Service MCT) Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan © 2013, The Nielsen Co. (Reprinted from Publ...

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Mary Smith

September 19, 2013


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"Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood" That snarky opening line has spawned a five book series, a second series and two feature films. It is how we are first introduced to Percy Jackson. At the start of the books Percy is twelve years old and is about to find out that his father is Poseidon. Yes...

Tom Wolfe’s ‘Back to Blood’ revels in excess — just like Miami

September 5, 2013


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By Connie Ogle The Miami Herald “Back to Blood” by Tom Wolfe; Little, Brown ($30) ——— Sprawling, messy, maddening, exhilarating, exhausting, over-caffeinated and hyper-punctuated, Tom Wolfe’s giddy “Back to Blood” is as excessive as the city it celebrates and eviscerates. The satire...

Book Thief: A New Twist to the Holocaust

Book Thief:  A New Twist to the Holocaust

Britt Young, News Editor

February 23, 2012


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Markus Zusak brings a new twist to the holocaust in The Book Thief by having death tell the story of a young girl struggling through th terrible time. Many holocaust stories end up being the same story because of the detail and someone always end up being killed or dies in the end.  Zusak brings a...

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