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SAN DIEGO — Caitlin Rother did not set out to become a true-crime writer. But if you look back at the San Diego author's life, the clues were there all along. When she was a general-assignment reporter for the Berkshire Eagle and the Springfield Union-News in western Massachusetts in the late 1980s, Rother spent her spare time reading about sensational murder cases and devious criminals in New ...

"Every Last Fear" by Alex Finlay; Minotaur (368 pages, $26.99) ——— The last conversation with a loved one can weigh heavily if that talk ends badly and, indeed, becomes the final contact with that person. New York University student Matt Pine remembers all too well that the last phone call with his father, Evan, erupted into an explosive argument. The contention was, as usual, over Matt’s ...

LOS ANGELES — The menu was always small at Sonoratown on the outskirts of the Fashion District, and the coronavirus didn't change that. The critically acclaimed Mexican restaurant still sells tacos and burritos filled with mesquite-grilled beef and chicken, flaky handmade flour tortillas and an awesome coconut horchata that's like an island vacation in a cup. But the small spot looked like a ...

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the three Louisville, Kentucky, police officers who burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March 2020 in a raid that left her dead, is writing book about his experience of that night — but the distributor announced Thursday night it is puling out of the project. Mattingly, 48, has a book deal with the Post Hill Press, a Tennessee-based outfit that specializes in ...

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GENEVA (AP) — A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region.

Rickie Lee Jones cuts right to the chase on the first page of the introduction to "Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour," her well-crafted and intensely candid new memoir. Its second paragraph reads: "When I was twenty-three years old I drove around L.A. with Tom Waits. We'd cruise along Highway 1 in his new 1963 Thunderbird. With my blonde hair flying out the window and ...

Nearly 19,000 children traveling alone were stopped at the Mexican border in March, smashing previous highs set during periods of heavy child migration in 2014 and 2019. Is it a crisis? 

"Infinite Country" by Patricia Engel; Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster (208 pages, $25) ——— "Infinite Country," the new novel by Patricia Engel, has an irresistible first line: “It was her idea to tie up the nun.” The girl who has the idea, 15-year-old Talia, is intent on escaping from a remote reform school in the mountains of Colombia. "Infinite Country" is all about making escapes from ...

When Carribean Fragoza was a child, she ate dirt. "Like I ate dirt a lot," she said in a recent video interview. And her tías in Guadalajara, Mexico, really liked eating clay pots. They'd break off little pieces and hand them to her "like they were chocolate." During one of her first prenatal appointments decades later, the obstetrician, concerned about lead in her body, asked Fragoza if she ...

“The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism” by Turtle Bunbury; Thames & Hudson (304 pages, $34.95) ——— Ireland’s greatest export was always its people. Some fled famine, violence, or poverty. Others sought love, adventure, or fortune. And Turtle Bunbury’s “The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism” pays them tribute. The word diaspora comes from Greek ...

Author Dav Pilkey, best known for his children’s book series “Captain Underpants,” and Scholastic publishing have pulled his 2010 graphic novel “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” off the shelves over what they dubbed “passive racism.” The book, a spinoff of the “Captain Underpants” series, follows two caveboys named Ook and Gluk who learn kung fu from a martial ...

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