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The Enduring Tension by Donald J. Devine (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Enduring Tension”

The farther and faster any of us ventures through this mortal life, the clearer it becomes that human problems don’t really ever dissolve, they just on take new forms. Debates, however crisp and fresh they seem initially, tend to repeat themselves. Think Groundhog Day.

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Summer by Ali Smith (book cover)


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A look back at Ray Bradbury's crime stories

Ray Bradbury, who was born in 1920 and died in 2012 at the age of 91, wrote 400 short stories and nearly 50 books in his lifetime. He is best known for his novels, such as "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," as well as other science fiction, fantasy and horror stories.

Mark Bowden's 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories' (book cover)

Learning crimes behind Mark Bowden's 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories'

Mark Bowden is perhaps best known for his book "Black Hawk Down" and his other books about the American military, such as "Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam," and "Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam." But in his latest book, "The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories," he returns to his roots as a crime reporter.

Lost River (book cover)

'Lost River' looks at drug trafficking and the aftermath in rural Kentucky

J. Todd Scott is a DEA special agent as well as a fine crime novelist. Reading his first novel, "The Far Empty," I was reminded of Norman Mailer's comment about then-Assistant U.S. Attorney George V. Higgins and his novel "The Friends of Eddie Coyle": "What I can't get over is that so good a first novel was written by the fuzz."

Socialist Don't Sleep by Cheryl Chumley (Book Cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Socialists Don't Sleep'

Cheryl Chumley's new book, "Socialists Don't Sleep" goes the distance to address Reagan's warning in our times, not only about neglecting God, but about not addressing the advance of socialism in the nation whose mainstay since its founding has been liberty.

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Reaganland'

As it so happens, you can judge a book by its cover, at least "Reaganland" by liberal activist and Ronald Reagan hater Rick Perlstein.

Brothers: From Time to Time by David Landau (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Brothers: From Time to Time'

A few pages into David Landau's stirring account of how the Cuban Revolution impacted the lives of one family, I found myself remembering a long-ago New Year's Eve 1958.