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Books

Journals reveal picture of life in 1960s Deep South


Sometimes the best stories are those that have a relatively simple narrative.

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Book with local angle chronicles aviation pioneer's storied career


It is always a pleasure to read a well-written and thoroughly researched biography, especially when the subject of the book has lived through a challenging time in history. And when there’s a local angle involved, what’s not to love?

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Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Pioneer, 1923-1952” (Naval Institute Press, 2015), the never-before-told story of the trailblazing vice admiral who has been called the “the premier test pilot of all time” and “the godfather of modern naval aviation.”

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'Limpopo' provides a relaxing yet profound read


Reading a novel by the prolific author Alexander McCall Smith is like meditating in the sun by a hidden pool of water – one feels so happy and relaxed afterward.

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Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloyd Wright, an up-and-coming architect, and his mistress one of his clients, Mamah Borthwick.

Author Nancy Horan’s historically imagined novel “Loving Frank” (Ballantine Books, 2007) breathes new life into the tale of the couple’s 10 years together.

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