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Updated Sep 22, 2015 at 8:05 AM

“My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South,” by Rick Bragg. Oxmoor House, September 2015. 256 pages. $27.95.When journalist, author and essayist Rick Bragg lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he lost 30 pounds and got healthy. A bagel, he writes, is a biscuit that’s been saved. When he got back to his South and those grilled shrimp on cornbread, the fried oyster po’boys, the footlongs and other traveling food like cracklin’s, well, “Help me, somebody.”

Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 11:40 AM

“Girl in the Woods” A memoir by Aspen Matis. William Morrow, New York, 2015. 372 pages. $24.99.

Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM

“Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League,” by Dan-el Padilla Peralta. Penguin Press, New York, 2015. 312 pages. $27.95.

Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 11:23 AM

“A Pattern of Lies” by Charles Todd sells for $25.99 and is published by William Morrow.

Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 11:24 AM

“Devil’s Bridge,” by Linda Fairstein. Dutton, 2015, New York. 384 pages. $28.

Updated Aug 3, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Animals have always been central to author Sara Gruen, an expatriate Canadian who now lives in western North Carolina.

Updated Aug 3, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Devouring your next favorite comic book or graphic novel used to mean settling in on your (pick age-appropriate furniture) rocking chair/bed/recliner with a (pick age-appropriate beverage) glass of milk/soda/cocktail and turning crinkly paper pages...

Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Despite recent criticisms of “Go Set a Watchman,” I eagerly anticipated the second installment of what had been rumored as Harper Lee’s “lost” novel.

Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 11:16 AM

“The Fixer,” by Joseph Finder. Dutton, New York, 2015. 416 pages. $27.95.

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 10:21 AM

It’s been heartbreaking to see so many intelligent, well-intentioned people wringing their hands in horror at the release of “Go Set A Watchman,” Harper Lee’s sequel — or maybe rough draft — to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Particularly at issue is the...

Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM

“The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth,” by Joseph and Joyce Singular. Counterpoint, Berkeley, Calif., 2015. 289 pages. $26.

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