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The Wisconsin apple orchard that belongs to the Lombard family in Jane Hamilton’s hypnotic new novel is a beacon for the nostalgic and the hopeful, those who nurse their memories carefully and tend to them the way the Lombards care for their trees, their sheep, even their poor doomed lambs.

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Responding to widespread campus protests against the Vietnam War, Gov. Ronald Reagan of California offered an easy solution. “If it takes a bloodbath” to end it, he suggested on April 8, 1970, “let’s get it over with, no more appeasement.”

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Batman has been a lot of things during the past 77 years: a gun-toting vigilante, an object of panic at the height of American homophobia, a campy 1960s television icon, a grumbly middle-aged antihero and a mass media star.

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For nearly a decade, Matthew Desmond has studied the relationship between eviction and poverty in a single American city: Milwaukee. The MacArthur Foundation awarded him a “genius” grant last year for his research, including the Milwaukee Area Renters Study he designed and supervised, which …

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James Grippando’s skill with suspenseful plots that tightly hold their believable secrets, revealing themselves bit by bit, ratchets another level in the gripping “Gone Again.”

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This month offers a variety of touching books about pets and animals, including a golden retriever that survived Hurricane Katrina to become a therapy dog and a tender look at cats and the men who own them.

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Few things in life are more vibrant, more beautiful and more majestic than images of space. Thankfully, “Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space” by Travis A. Rector, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke presents everything from nebulae, supernovas, distant…

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Killeen resident and new author Novice McDaniel hosted a book signing Saturday at Hastings in Killeen, to promote her new book, “Lord of the Sabbath, Rest in Jesus.”

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TEMPLE — Residents interested in reading about history will have an opportunity to discuss Tom Standage’s book “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” during a meeting of the Reading History Book Discussion Group at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B.