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March, 2018

Beach read

Books: The book is a sail down memory lane. A Pulitzer-winning author and former Brooklynite will launch his first children’s book at the Brooklyn Public Library in Prospect Heights on March 13. Junot Diaz said that his picture book “Islandborn,” about a young girl who must rely on her family’s memories of the island where she was born, was inspired by his own family’s journey from the Dominican Republic to the United States. Comment

A romance with a twist

Books: He did it on one knee. One knee, with a nervous grin on his face and a velvet box in his shaking hands, asking you the Question of a Lifetime. You’d talked about this day but it was still a surprise and now you have planning to do, just the two of you. Or, as in “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones, three… Comment

February, 2018

Words can put you down or light a fire

Books: Read this. And that. Read what’s next to it, what’s above it, and the next page. Read it, because words soar. Read it because you can. As you’ll see in “Black Ink,” edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver, it wasn’t always so. Comment

January, 2018

It’s not all black and white

Books: It’s all there in front of you. Plain as day. Plain as the nose on your face with nothing left to tell, it’s all in black and white — or is it? When it comes to racism, says author Ijeoma Oluo, it’s complicated and in her new book “So You Want to Talk about Race,” there may be shades of gray. Comment

Book Review: ‘Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement Romance, Wrinkles and Regret.’

Books: Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore have written a tome that delves into different ways of looking at life after retirement, about the onset of wrinkles, and other aspects of what some call the golden years. Comment

Frederick Douglass’ story too important to miss

Books: You’re not backing down. There’s a line in the sand and nobody’s crossing it on your watch. When something isn’t right and you can fix it, you’re going to defend it, too, even if it costs you. As you’ll see in “Facing Frederick ” by Tonya Bolden, if you lived in the mid-1800s, you’d be in good company. Comment

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