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  • Books | July 28, 2013

    The accomplishments, and failures, of our least-remembered presidents

    Dozens of books have been written on the greatest American presidents. Amazon has nearly 700 entries for FDR, and well past 1,000 for either Lincoln or Washington. Biographers of the stature of Doris Kearns Goodwin, Joseph Ellis, William Leuchtenberg and Edmund Morris make careers out of delving

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    Familial experiences in Paris across time

    Edward Rutherford, a most satisfying novelist, writes historical fiction, tending toward epics. “Sarum” is Exhibit A. Other of his books, which can approach 1,000 pages and aren’t long enough, include “London,” “The Forest” and “New York: The Novel.” His most recent endeavor, “Paris,” is another

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    Getting familiar iwth prolific author Neil Gaiman

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    He’s won more awards and honors than most people could ever imagine. Among those honors are a World Fantasy Award, a Nebula Award, a Carnegie Medal, a Hugo Award, a Newbery Medal, a Ray Bradbury Award, and multiple Locus awards. He’s also the

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    The pursuit of an irreligious government

    The close relationship between the Christian religion and the government goes back to 314 when Roman Emperor Constantine made it the Empire’s official church.  Over the centuries since, Christianity and government have often been inseparable, mutually dependent and mutually reinforcing.  That is just

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    Author sets out to find the ‘common good’ between faith and politics

    This is the third recent book by Christian social activist and writer Jim Wallis. His earlier books “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It” and “The Great Awakening” helped to reframe the use of faith talk

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    Jan Demir struggles to understand true love through travel and personal needs

    It’s 2004 and Lisbon-born Jan Demir at, 30, is a very successful businessman content with his jet-setting lifestyle and girlfriend of the moment. Then he travels to Iran to meet a business contact and discovers the opinionated and beautiful Golnaz, also known as Naz: “Was this

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    2013: year of the zombie book releases, makes for edgy summer reads

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    Move over vampires, zombies are here to stay at least for awhile. Haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet? Now is as good a time as any to try out some zombie reads. Here are a few to get you started. One of the most

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    ‘An Unmarked Grave’ follows a diseased nurse through a mysterious murder

    A tale of murder during wartime, “An Unmarked Grave,” is fourth in the Bess Crawford mystery series, following “ A Duty to the Dead,” “An Impartial Witness” and “A Bitter Truth.” “A Question of Honor” is scheduled for publication later in 2013. Bess Crawford is a young,

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    ‘Joyland’ unlike most Stephen King books but resonates with old-time mysteries

    As its cover suggests, “Joyland” is a mystery with a nostalgic style set in the carnival world. Devin Jones is an East Coast college student who decides to escape his doomed romance in the summer of 1973 and work at an amusement park in North Carolina.&

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    JFK’s controversial murder fills the pages of Max Collins’ ‘Target Lancer’

    With the first lines of “Target Lancer,” mystery novelist Max Allan Collins propels the reader into his take on the greatest murder mystery of the 20th century: the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His vehicle for exploring the episode is his most well-known character, private


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