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"A Stranger at the Door" by Jason Pinter; Thomas & Mercer (392 pages, $15.95) ——— Jason Pinter confidently delivers a solid police procedural and an emotional domestic thriller in the outstanding “A Stranger at the Door,” his second novel about Rachel Marin, a single mother of two who works as a forensic consultant to the police in Ashby, Illinois. “A Stranger at the Door” strikes an ...

If you’re still searching for a sliver of good news to take away from 2020 — good news that bridges partisan divisions, cultural chasms and pandemic procedures — consider this tidbit: We are all probably reading way more books these days. In fact, according to NPD BookScan, sales of print books climbed nearly 10 percent in the past 12 months. Sure, a majority of those sales went to ...

"The Rib King" by Ladee Hubbard; Amistad (384 pages, $27.99) ——— Until recently — so recently it’s shameful to think about it — the smiling faces of Black servants like Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima were a long-accepted way to market food and other domestic products. Few consumers wondered what the stories behind those faces might be. In her terrific new novel, "The Rib King," Ladee Hubbard looks ...

Derek A Ventresca, Chicago, Illinois, misdemeanor retail theft (intentionally take less than or equal to $500), obstructing an officer, resist…

PITTSBURGH — Imagine wanting to complete an important task but not having the ability to do it because of personal limitations when, unexpectedly, a friend offers assistance. But why would that person volunteer to help? Because that's what friends do. "That's What Friends Do" is also the title of a recently published children's book by Cantor Steven Stoehr that aims to instill the importance ...

CHICAGO — Chicago isn’t just an architectural capital because of its great buildings. It’s a vital forum of ideas about what makes architecture great. A case in point: this year’s crop of recommended design books. They’re all related to the city and its suburbs, but have much broader appeal. “Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City” by Carl Smith The ...

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