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'God Save Texas' is Lawrence Wright’s affectionate, eye-opening, slightly rueful love letter to his native state
'God Save Texas' is Lawrence Wright’s affectionate, eye-opening, slightly rueful love letter to his native state(image)



'Varina' imagines the life of Jefferson Davis's widow in the aftermath of the Civil War
'Varina' imagines the life of Jefferson Davis's widow in the aftermath of the Civil War(image)



'The Pope Who Would Be King' details the birth of the modern papacy
'The Pope Who Would Be King' details the birth of the modern papacy(image)



'Wade in the Water' is poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s most overtly political collection
'Wade in the Water' is poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s most overtly political collection(image)



With tell-all, Comey joins club of ex-officials turned scribes

Former FBI Director James Comey's memoir, out Tuesday, joins a long list of juicy tomes by Washington power players. Beyond settling scores, the best can offer real insight into the inner workings of government. Here are some classics of the genre.

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In 'The Feather Thief,' a British bird burglary exposes a hidden world
In 'The Feather Thief,' a British bird burglary exposes a hidden world(image)



'The Class of '74' chronicles a young, liberal, and impatient House of Representatives
'The Class of '74' chronicles a young, liberal, and impatient House of Representatives(image)



'Something Wonderful' unpacks the magic behind Rodgers and Hammerstein
'Something Wonderful' unpacks the magic behind Rodgers and Hammerstein(image)



The 19th-century censor who pushed Americans too far

Historian Amy Werbel, author of the new book 'Lust on Trial,' explores the divisive and influential career of Anthony Comstock.

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'Neruda' plumbs the man behind the legend
'Neruda' plumbs the man behind the legend(image)



10 best books of April: the Monitor's picks

From Greek mythology to Southern cuisine to a final outing for a beloved detective, here are the 10 April books that most impressed the Monitor's book critics.

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'Wild is the Wind' explores those things made all the more beautiful because they can’t last
'Wild is the Wind' explores those things made all the more beautiful because they can’t last(image)



'Greeks Bearing Gifts' will be the penultimate in the popular 'Bernie Gunther' series begun in Nazi Germany
'Greeks Bearing Gifts' will be the penultimate in the popular 'Bernie Gunther' series begun in Nazi Germany(image)



'Two Sisters' follows a father trying to bring his two daughters home from jihad in Syria
'Two Sisters' follows a father trying to bring his two daughters home from jihad in Syria(image)



Author Daniel Kalder discusses the strange and scary world of 'dictator literature'

Tyrants, it turns out, like to write. And they like to force people to read their books.

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'See What Can Be Done' is a testament to the breadth of Lorrie Moore’s intellect
'See What Can Be Done' is a testament to the breadth of Lorrie Moore’s intellect(image)



Despite decline, bookmobiles connect and enrich communities

Across the country, librarians drive around 650 bookmobiles, providing a vital service in rural areas with limited access to libraries and the internet. Most importantly, says a Kentucky librarian Sandra Hennessee, her bookmobile helps provide a sense of community. 

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Poet and Iraqi exile Dunya Mikhail's book 'The Beekeeper' serves as testimony for the victims of ISIS
Poet and Iraqi exile Dunya Mikhail's book 'The Beekeeper' serves as testimony for the victims of ISIS(image)



8 new baseball books for Opening Day

Finally – baseball is back! Here are excerpts from eight new titles.

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'The Family Medici' vividly and clearly tells the story of one clan's merciless self-aggrandizement
'The Family Medici' vividly and clearly tells the story of one clan's merciless self-aggrandizement(image)