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Hirahara’s beautifully written and deeply moving mystery set in 1943 is about the lives of two sisters, Rose and Aki Ito (Nisei, first generation Japanese born in America) after their release from Manzanar, a concentration camp in California. Rose is relocated first and heads to Chicago. If Rose “insisted on something, the whole family went along with it.” They follow Rose to Chicago. But on the day they arrive, they learn Rose was run over at the corner of Clark and Division. Aki doesn’t want to be “that tragic girl,” the “surviving sister.” With Rose’s diary in hand and a deep commitment to her sister’s memory in her heart, Aki investigates. Hirahara’s novel is an accomplished and important story about a time in American history that I felt privileged bearing witness to.

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What did we really accomplish this past year? We’ve had time, certainly, with all these lockdown days, weeks and months, to do any number of things.

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Oscar winner Javier Bardem makes hushed, calm Chigurh the anti-Norman Bates, terrifying because we know nothing about him (the same was true of Bardem’s “Skyfall” villain). Seeming to have materialized out of nowhere in both Cormac McCarthy’s novel and Joel and Ethan Coen’s movie, he appears human, but his interactions with others make us wonder how anyone could turn out like this. As a result, Chigurh underscores the scariest thing about evil: We don’t know where it comes from.

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In "A Farewell to Arms," American Frederic Henry falls in love with nurse Catherine Barkley while working as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. After he is badly injured, they flee to Switzerland, where she dies in childbirth.

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Ernest Hemingway’s first novel, "The Sun Also Rises" is the love story of Jake Barnes, who suffered a tragic war wound, and the promiscuous Lady Brett Ashley, who has an affair with a much younger man, a matador.

Such an analysis would reflect a naive understanding of what makes Jim Inhofe tick, the column says. He lives and breathes Republicanism. He's the most conservative member of the U.S. Senate, and proud of it. Every two years, he delights in pulling a set of index cards from his pocket and describing to the Tulsa World editorial board exactly how the Republicans are going to retake or retain contol of the Senate: Which GOP candidates have their races locked up; who may have some work to do; who he's helping get across the finish line. He's red through and through, and he loves the fight.

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Such an analysis would reflect a naive understanding of what makes Jim Inhofe tick, the column says. He lives and breathes Republicanism. He's the most conservative member of the U.S. Senate, and proud of it. Every two years, he delights in pulling a set of index cards from his pocket and describing to the Tulsa World editorial board exactly how the Republicans are going to retake or retain contol of the Senate: Which GOP candidates have their races locked up; who may have some work to do; who he's helping get across the finish line. He's red through and through, and he loves the fight.

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Winner of numerous 2020 literary honors, this novel is inspired by the author’s grandfather, who fought hard to help save his Chippewa tribe from government termination. “High drama, low comedy, ghost stories, mystical visions, family and tribal lore — wed to a surprising outbreak of enthusiasm for boxing matches,” wrote New York Times reviewer Luis Alberto Urrea. “We are grateful to be allowed into this world.”

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Such an analysis would reflect a naive understanding of what makes Jim Inhofe tick, the column says. He lives and breathes Republicanism. He's the most conservative member of the U.S. Senate, and proud of it. Every two years, he delights in pulling a set of index cards from his pocket and describing to the Tulsa World editorial board exactly how the Republicans are going to retake or retain contol of the Senate: Which GOP candidates have their races locked up; who may have some work to do; who he's helping get across the finish line. He's red through and through, and he loves the fight.

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Cleary also wrote several novels for teens; in this one, 15-year-old Jane deals with her first crush.

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Jones’s debut novel follows the gripping story of Samuel and Isaiah. The two spend their days on a plantation tending to animals, but find comfort in each other’s constant companionship.

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Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the novel is set in the American South in the early 1900s and tells the story of several poor Black women.

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