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    The Ascent

    Adam Plantinga's brilliant debut novel, The Ascent, introduces readers to former Detroit police officer Kurt Argento, whose grief-fueled drive to the Pacific Ocean runs head-on into trouble in ...

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    Infamous Prison Insurrections

    In The Ascent, Adam Plantinga imagines what it would be like to climb through six levels of a prison in utter chaos: cell doors opening, guards hiding or dead, inmates murdering each other and so much...

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    The Curse of Pietro Houdini

    Derek B. Miller's sixth novel, The Curse of Pietro Houdini, opens in the town of Cassino, Italy, in 1943. The titular character is on his way to Montecassino, an ancient abbey, where he's been hired ...

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    US Military Mules in World War II

    One of the characters in Derek B. Miller's novel The Curse of Pietro Houdini is a limping mule named Ferrari. The author notes that mules were used extensively during World War II in the Italian ...

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    Our Moon

    In Our Moon: How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are, author Rebecca Boyle explains how Earth's closest neighbor is essential to our history. ...

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    Moon Art

    When you look at the Moon, what do you see? Since ancient times, the Moon has ignited our imaginations, as Rebecca Boyle demonstrates in her history of Earth's relationship to its closest neighbor. In...

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    Neighbors and Other Stories

    The history of American segregation, along with changes to it in the 1960s, is sometimes taught and discussed today in a way that is very textbook. This is a great disservice to younger people, as it ...

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    Books of Stories Centering Black American Life

    Diane Oliver's Neighbors and Other Stories is a collection delving deep into the corners of Black American life in the 1950s and '60s that were not and are still not usually part of the public ...

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    Wild and Distant Seas

    Tara Karr Roberts is a newspaper columnist who also teaches English and journalism. Wild and Distant Seas, her first novel, won over our First Impressions reviewers, receiving 4 or 5 stars from 21 out...

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    A Moby-Dick Reading List

    Whether you love Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, hate it or have never read it, you may find yourself unable to escape it. Even for a classic, it shows surprising reach, having inspired and ...

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    The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years

    Shubnum Khan's eloquent and moving debut novel opens in 1932, when a djinn that haunts a house by the sea is in mourning following an unexplained violent event, at once engaging the reader and setting...

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    The Djinn in Islamic Folk Culture

    In Shubnum Khan's debut novel The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years, set amidst the Indian diaspora of South Africa, fifteen-year-old Sana and her father move into a dilapidated house by the sea that is ...

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