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The Fifth Assassin: Too many plots spoil the story

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


Bill Roorbach on LIFE AMONG GIANTS: ‘It was easy to write a lot of pages. It was hard to boil them down.’

What happens when a young boy from Connecticut becomes enamored with a world-famous ballerina who may – or may not – have a connection to multiple murders and the mob? Can the boy find the truth amid the raging hormones and the lust? Can the boy recover from the violence perpetrated on is family?


Who wrote the best first line? News-Telegram readers to decide what arts editor reviews

Books arrive at my desk on a daily basis. Some come via my request. Some just show up. There will never be enough time to review them all.


Brilliant author needs mouth washed out with soap, but nails women’s issues

I first heard about Caitlin Moran’s bestselling book, “How to Be a Woman” on National Public Radio. The British columnist was being interviewed by Terri Gross on “Fresh Air.”


Debut novel relies heavily on Shakespeare’s words

Imagine you are one of three sisters. Your father is an English professor at a small college in Ohio. You have a stay-at-home mom who shelved a career to raise her daughters.

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