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"Polo Cowboy" by G. Neri; Candlewick Press (288 pages, $17.99) ——— If your kids, or you, loved the hit Netflix movie "Concrete Cowboy," the man who wrote the story has a sequel for you. Author Greg Neri’s latest book for middle-grade readers, "Polo Cowboy," continues the adventures of young Cole into unlikely territory. "Concrete Cowboy" was based on Neri’s 2011 novel "Ghetto Cowboy," which ...

"Voices From the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience" by Eli Saslow; Doubleday (240 pages, $27) ——— "Voices From the Pandemic" is an eerie reading experience: It seems both painfully immediate and an account of a past we’ve already started to forget. The book’s 27 interviews with a wide range of Americans were conducted during the first year of the ...

FICTION: Brothers take to the road in the latest novel from Amor Towles. "The Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles; Viking (592 pages, $30) ——— Amor Towles' follow-up to his bestselling book "A Gentleman in Moscow" arrives on a wave of anticipation, at a time when we long for simpler days. Set in 1950s America, "The Lincoln Highway" is a road novel that celebrates the mythos of an era via a ...

Believe it or not, there’s a lot more “Real Housewives” drama that is seen on television. And now there’s a book about it. On Wednesday, Andy Cohen Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, announced it will publish “Not All Diamonds and Rose: The Inside Story of The Real Housewives From the People Who Lived It,” written by entertainment journalist Dave Quinn. The 496-page hardcover is set for release ...

MIAMI — When South Florida writer Brad Meltzer learned that a Pennsylvania school board had banned his books “I am Rosa Parks” and “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.,” he knew he couldn’t ignore it. “If you’re taking the lessons of Rosa Parks, you have to fight back,” said the creator of the Ordinary People Change the World series, which profiles historic figures including Abraham Lincoln, Frida ...

Her new book, "The Beatryce Prophecy," sprang from a rediscovered draft that she had abandoned after the death of her beloved mother. MINNEAPOLIS — In August 2018, Kate DiCamillo was in the office of her Minneapolis home, sorting through a decade's worth of old papers and manuscripts, when she happened upon a stunning discovery — the first 40 pages of a long-abandoned, long-forgotten novel. ...

Growing up in Miami in a family of immigrants from Nicaragua, Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez sought role models in Spanish-language films and in telecasts on Univision and Telemundo. But none of the Latina anchors and lead actors looked like her. They looked European, light-skinned. The times she did see herself, it was in what she calls "the nameless maids" on the periphery. These damaging ...

"Matrix" by Lauren Groff; Riverhead Books (260 pages, $28) ——— In her 2018 story collection, "Florida," Lauren Groff gave readers an unexpected and indelible portrait of the state she has lived in for years. Her new novel, "Matrix," takes us to another world entirely, but one Groff paints just as confidently, and surprisingly. The book begins in the year 1158 as a 17-year-old girl rides out of ...

FICTION: A French teenager rises to become the formidable prioress of an English convent. "Matrix" by Lauren Groff; Riverhead (272 pages, $28) ——— Lauren Groff has been contemplating the wellspring of female power in her fiction for awhile now, notably in the startling second act of her novel "Fates and Furies," but also in the humid shadows of her story collection "Florida." Where does power ...

"Billy Summers" by Stephen King; Scribner (517 pages, $30) ——— There’s nary a supernatural horror in sight in Stephen King’s latest novel, "Billy Summers." No shape-shifting evil clowns, no possessed Plymouths, paintings or pets. That’s not to say there are no monsters. It’s just that they’re the human variety, and there are plenty of those. The title character is a middle-aged hitman. He’s ...

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