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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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Author's debut novel 'The Gravity of Birds' takes flight

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As a reader, I am rather impatient – if a book doesn’t pull me in quickly, I am discouraged and apt to move on to another selection.

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Paris provides compelling backdrop for mystery

The rich art, music and literary scene of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s makes a lively backdrop for books and films.

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