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THE PASSAGE OF POWER: Bringing history to life

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Robert A. Caro has spent the better part of his professional life chronicling the life and times of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

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DOWNFALL: Graphic violence overpowers thriller

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Jeff Abbott’s publisher sent an advance copy of his new book, “Downfall,” for review. It was my first encounter with Abbott’s hero, Sam Capra.

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Andrew Solomon’s ‘Far From The Tree’ – Changing the way we view differences, one story at a time

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Andrew Solomon’s monumental work, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,” (Simon and Schuster) began as an assignment from the New York Times to write a piece on deaf culture.

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Life is too short to read contrived books

    In the South of the not-too-long-ago past, if something tragic happened to a lady, she retreated from polite society.

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The Fifth Assassin: Too many plots spoil the story

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    In his new book, “The Fifth Assassin,” Brad Meltzer’s hero, archivist Beecher White, is preoccupied with past presidential assassinations – for good reason.

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