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Heading West: The Gritty, Luminous 'Son Of A Gun'

If the town of Tombstone, Ariz., sounds familiar, it probably has to do with what happened there in 1881 — the year of the infamous gunfight between lawman Wyatt Earp and a rival gang. A new memoir by Justin St. Germain weaves the story of the O.K. Corral into another, more personal tale.
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Addictive 'Infatuations' Takes A Metaphysical Look At Crime

Spanish novelist Javier Marías is well-known in Europe, but not as popular in the United States. Critic John Powers says Marías' latest work — an unsettling, slightly sinister twist on the mystery novel — ought to raise the author's profile here in America.
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Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

When she was 24, Piper Kerman dated a woman who was part of a drug smuggling ring. Years later, after being named as part of that ring, Kerman served time in a federal prison and at one point shared a cell with her former girlfriend. Her memoir of that experience inspired the Netflix series.
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Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

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For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet and plan how to rebuild. There's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.
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'Dressing Constitutionally': When Fashion And Laws Collide

Ruthann Robson's new book explores the issues around what we where and how it's legislated, including everything from First Amendment questions to government concerns about public nudity.
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The Beauty And Calm Of 'Thinking In Numbers'

Daniel Tammet is a savant who experiences his world through equations and calculations. His new book, a collection of essays called Thinking In Numbers, explores language, history and even love through numbers.
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'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses

Imagine a library small enough to be towed by a bicycle; on that bike is a librarian who can check your books out, answer research questions and even issue a library card. The Seattle Public Library is experimenting with a program that does just that.
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At Libraries Across America, It's Game On

In the 1800s, British libraries used gaming rooms to lure patrons away from pubs. Now, across the country, libraries are using video games to attract millennials — and the goal isn't always educational.
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Party Like It's 2009: Life And Friendship In The Great Recession

When the economy's dropping like an anvil, young professionals have to find ways to make do — and having friends always helps. Reviewer Alex Espinoza says Choire Sicha's Very Recent History is an insightful tale of friends weathering a tough economy in the big city.

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