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Conventional Wisdom: Greg Abbott’s Broken but Unbowed, Reviewed

by | Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 9:37 CST
In his first book, the governor hews to a familiar theme — fantasies of a constitutional makeover writ by him.
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Turning Hard Right

Daniel Oppenheimer's 'Exit Right' looks at why some of the left's brightest lights gave up the cause.

David Oppenheimer's 'Exit Left' explores the psychological and biographical factors that inspired six famous leftist thinkers to make hard right turns....Read More

THE CITY AT THREE P.M.: WRITING, READING, AND TRAVELING Peter LaSalle DZANC BOOKS 264 PAGES; $15.95 by

Peter LaSalle Seizes the Day

The ordinary particulars of being a person figure into LaSalle's new collection of essays, which bucks the obnoxious disembodied quality that sometimes afflicts travel writing.

The ordinary particulars of being a person — aging, taxes, bills, sunburn and thirst — all figure into the essays, ensuring that they buck the obnoxious dis...Read More

OLD SILK ROAD Brandon Caro POST HILL PRESS 250 PAGES; $25 by

The Afghanistan Addiction

Former Navy medic Brandon Caro's new novel provides a look into what it’s like to be a non-combatant in a conflict in which there’s no such thing.

Caro is far from self-indulgent here; the disorientation he engenders in the reader is carefully orchestrated, and he rises to a challenge O’Brien lays out in...Read More

All The Houses by Karen Olsson by

Dramas of Family and State Unfold in ‘All the Houses’

Karen Olsson's novel is about coming to terms with the past in a family — and maybe in a country — that too often refuses to acknowledge any tense but the unreflective present.

Karen Olsson's novel is about coming to terms with the past in a family — and maybe in a country — that too often refuses to acknowledge any tense but the u...Read More

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