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Books

New war novel 'All the Light We Cannot See' shines bright


Several friends asked if I had read the new book by Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See” (Scribner, 2014), claiming that it was a terrific read.

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‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss yet another tale of aliens who live among us shouldn’t overlook Matt Haig’s richly realized new novel, “The Humans” (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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"Jack London" chronicles author's adventurous life


Much has been written about American author Jack London, primarily known for his early-20th-century Western adventure novels, including the classics “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild.”

In Earle Labor’s biography of the literary icon, “Jack London: An American Life” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013), London comes across as a complex, larger-than-life man. Dozens of biographies have covered London’s life and work, but Labor’s is an especially well-balanced, thoughtful and definitive account.

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Pick up a fun summer read for a day at the beach


Summer weather does not make me want to curl up with a long, heavy novel like “War and Peace,” so I read two new fiction books just for fun.

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"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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