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Nonfiction The Daily Show (The Book); By Chris Smith, Foreword by Jon Stewart; Grand Central Publishing, 459 pages ($30) The great ones have a way of making it look easy. Think of Joe Montana throwing a touchdown pass or Frank Sinatra singing a Cole Porter tune. For more than 16 years on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart made it look easy. Now a new book chronicles ho…

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MEMOIR Settle For More by Megyn Kelly; HarperCollins, 340 pages ($29.99) For journalists, especially on a national level trying to gauge the temperature surrounding a Donald Trump presidency, the information contained in Megyn Kelly’s new memoir offers little hope of a smooth ride over the next four to eight years. In fact, “Settle For More” may send the mercury spik…

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William Faught's black-and-white and color photographs take center stage in "Allentown: A Photographic Journey in the Heart of Buffalo, NY" (Buffalo Heritage Limited, 102 pages, $49.95/$29.95). Faught is a retired architect and urban planner, and Allentown is his adopted home. He lives on Irving Place, but grew up a world away in Arkansas. Living in the Washington, …

PICTURE BOOK The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein; illustrations by Mara Cerri; Europa editions; 40 pages, $13. ... Anyone familiar with the legendary Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet (beginning with “My Brilliant Friend”) will not be surprised to discover her illustrated fable, “The Beach at Night,” to be an intense, s…

By Gail Fischer Married straight down to her widow’s misery, it was one of those days when she couldn’t go on. So, we were taken out tobogganing by the neighbors, for some fun, to the Chestnut Ridge Park full of whole families’ gaiety under blindingly blue winter sun. One time I went downhill alone on a sled going so fast, and everybody started yelling, “Look o…

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"I wish I could have had this anthology when I was considering moving to Buffalo in 2007," writes Jody K. Biehl. There was nothing quite like it, she discovered. So she put one together herself. And "Right Here, Right Now" is absolutely one of the best books about Buffalo ever created -- a genuinely essential book to be put on the same shelf as Lauren Belfer's "City of …

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Author Margaret Creighton spent her childhood years in Western New York, growing up in Hamburg and moving to Buffalo at age 16. Creighton went on to graduate from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in English, get a master's in journalism at Boston University and and continue on to earn a Ph.D in American Studies. She has been  back in Buffalo over the years to…

PICTURE BOOK Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis; Candlewick Press, $16.99. ... Author/illustrator Carson Ellis (creator of “Home” and collaborator with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the Wildwood series) offers a beguilingly strange picture book, written in an invented language, of two damselflies marveling at a tiny shoot on the forest floor. (“Du Iz Tak?” “Ma nazoot.”) As the pl…

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NONFICTION Hitler: Ascent, 1889 - 1939 By Volker Ullrich Knopf 998 pages, $40 The lie of the Adolf Hitler myth was born more than 90 years ago in the Alpine region south of Munich. From there, it grew from a laughable little nasty lie into a monstrous world-altering lie of gigantic proportions. Even with Hitler’s suicide in a Berlin bunker in the face of …

"The Best of the Harvard Lampoon; 140 Years of American Humor" with an Introduction by Simon Rich, Touchstone, 254 pages, $26. The BEST of the Harvard Lampoon? Really? I think not. The book is certainly representative and and fascinating and chronological but this doesn’t have the ruthlessly “elitist” earmarks of a “Best” of anything but rather a protective presentat…

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FICTION Moonglow By Michael Chabon Harper $28.99 448 pages The premise of “Moonglow” is that Michael Chabon – winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, darling of American letters – has gone to his grandfather in his declining days, plying him with soup and narcotic painkillers (warranted as palliative; he is dying of cancer), warming him and opening him enough to …

FICTION Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down By Anne Valente William Morrow 370 pages, $25.99 The Next By Stephanie Gangi St. Martin’s Press 312 pages, $26.99 The Dollhouse By Fiona Davis Dutton 289 pages, $26 Life serves up the unspeakable, the inevitable and the irretrievable in three new first novels – one of which is so disturbingly real that a reader may …

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Mindy Fried has written a book about her father, the late Emanuel "Manny" Fried, the acclaimed actor and playwright, as well as labor activist and educator. "Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir" (Vanderbilt University Press), 173 pages) shares what it was like for Mindy Fried to grow up with her father, and then later to be a caregiver for the fiercely independent man w…

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach; illustrated by Alice Ratterree; Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt; $16.99. 340 pages. Ages 8 to 12. This entertaining mystery set partly in beautiful Yosemite National Park comes from the author of several award-winning books including “Masterpiece” tor this age group. Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango has grown up at the California wi…

By Magdalena Zurawski We decided I should go alone on foot. I would find him in the pharmacy. If he said ‘In the head of God all propositions have existed always,’ we would make the exchange. He was standing in front of the calamine lotion. He spoke to the air. I slipped the envelope into his pocket and bought a topical analgesic to av…