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Generation Gaps

A couple of times while writing this review I almost typed “Bill Clinton” instead of “Pat Conroy.” That’s not surprising. The former president and the bestselling novelist who wrote The ...
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Before Oprah

We have been together a long time, Gentle Reader, so you will not be surprised by my reaction to this enormous biography of the menacing extrovert who wrote How to ...
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Meet the Cracker

As the Zimmerman case proved, a defining characteristic of the American mind is the care we take with our racial vocabularies to make sure they specify where we land in ...
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Queen of Hyannis

Rose Kennedy was so often asked for advice on raising children that she risked running out of material. For years, she had held forth about the mealtime quizzes on current ...
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Behind the Screen

Ever since diaries stopped being an art form sometime in the 19th century, they have been looked on as the desperate pastime of introverts who spend their lives alone. Such ...
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A Bloodbath Begins

If a history of the United States were written with chapter titles taken from the threadbare clichés of today’s television news, an incident that took place on May 22, 1856, ...