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Muriel Dobbin: ‘Out of Bounds’ book review

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Muriel Dobbin: ‘Out of Bounds’ book review

OUT OF BOUNDS By Val McDermid Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 464 pages Cold cases may be among the most difficult problems in the career of any veteran detective such as Karen Pirie who is at the vanguard of that specialized group tackling such cases. The case in which she is currently involved is strange and […]


John R. Coyne, Jr: ‘How to Speak Midwestern’ book review

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John R. Coyne, Jr: ‘How to Speak Midwestern’ book review

HOW TO SPEAK MIDWESTERN By Edward McClelland Belt Publishing, $16.95, 149 pages A native of Lansing, Michigan and resident of Chicago, Edward McClelland “ended up voting for Chicago native Hillary Clinton, because we haven’t had a president with an Inland North accent since Gerald Ford.” And has any political analyst salvaged any better reason for […]


The 10 most important books of 2016

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The 10 most important books of 2016

Books are slow food. It generally takes two years, two hardworking years, to cook up a book from idea to publication. Some writers can go faster — those who publish a book a year (or more) are working at top speed — while others write much more slowly, ruminating and reworking and false-starting for a […]


Martin Rubin: ‘Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships’ book review

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Martin Rubin: ‘Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships’ book review

GREAT MEDITERRANEAN PASSENGER SHIPS By William H. Miller The History Press/IPG, $36.95, 96 pages, illustrated Most of the attention paid to transatlantic ocean liners centered on the North Atlantic route, dominated by British, French, Dutch and German vessels, with the occasional American superstars like the interwar SS Leviathan and the postwar SS United States. Then, […]


Claire Hopley: ‘Conclave’ book review

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Claire Hopley: ‘Conclave’ book review

CONCLAVE By Robert Harris Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 304 pages Doings that occur behind closed doors always fascinate and especially if they have to do with politics or power, which is one reason why document leaks always hit the headlines. The allure of secrecy and the thrill of leak-like revelations of secret discussion are the […]


School bans classic American novels after complaint over racism

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School bans classic American novels after complaint over racism

A public school system is temporarily removing two classic novels from bookshelves for their use of racial slurs after a parent complained at a school board meeting. Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia pulled “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from the curriculum, classrooms and libraries in the school system due […]


Claire Hopley: ‘Exposure’ book review

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Claire Hopley: ‘Exposure’ book review

EXPOSURE By Helen Dunmore Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 400 pages The female tradition of novels about war and its aftermath differs from the more familiar male tradition. Women writers don’t focus on soldiers and battlefields or spies and moles and checkpoints, but on the people left at home to deal with food shortages, and with […]