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The Second World War By Antony Beevor Little, Brown 863 pages, $35 By Edward Cuddihy NEWS BOOK REVIEWER This time, acclaimed British historian Antony Beevor has taken on what at first appears an impossible task. He has set out to record a complete and detailed history of World War II in one volume - albeit a pretty hefty one - while overlaying it with his own view…

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No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL By Mark Owen, with Kevin Maurer Dutton 316 pages, $26.95 By Donn Esmonde News BOOK REVIEWER It is the story America has been dying to hear. Sixteen months after the fact, one of the 24 Navy SEALs who took part in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden has revealed precisely what occurred on the last night …

- in memory of William Stafford By Max Wickert I'm blue and the whole world is blue. All my life, on my motorcycle, I've been speeding toward the vanishing point of one desire. All the lines have been converging on that split second in which I, losing control, flip over and cry: "The sky! the sky!" MAX WICKERT is a professor eme…

The Big Book of Ghost Stories edited and with an introduction by Otto Penzler; Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original, 834 pages ($25 paperback). A list on your computer is one thing. A big, fat, juicy, paperback anthology like this is something else altogether. Anyone looking for an overview of great ghost stories - or tales of zombies, vampires and adventure stories - co…

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CHIPPEWA BAY - It's not as big or as well-known as Boldt Castle, just a few miles upriver, but Singer Castle, on the St. Lawrence Seaway, is the only complete castle in the Thousand Islands and the only one that actually served as a home. A visit carries you to an era of opulence and excess. The castle comes complete with hidden passageways (convenient for keeping servant…

Q: I'm finally ready to start the next chapter of my life and have met a few potential guys who I would like to date. However, I'm 25 and have never been on a date. Throughout high school and college, I was education-oriented, career-oriented and had a bad case of wanderlust, traveling with friends and family. Dating did not interest me, and I was very content with the sin…

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Every little kid will tell you that his mom is the best cook in the whole wide world. She can make the best mac-n-cheese, the best chicken nuggets and the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without the crust. Now that I'm 18, do I still think my mom is the best chef in the world? Probably not, but she does make darn good bread. When my mom and dad got married, my d…

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Shopping for a new handbag can feel something like stepping into a fairy tale. Some purses are too big. Others, too small. But, if you're anything like Goldilocks, you may find one that is "just right." You want the perfect bag to get you through the work or school day. Depending on your lifestyle, the perfect bag may be one to stash what you need for the kids, job, err…

Gardeners can't always do things by the book. Sometimes we're out of time, money or patience to do a job correctly - or we just don't have the tools. So we do what we can and hope for the best. The question is: Why do some gardeners get away with it? Their plants live, and their gardens look great, while others don't do well. The "green thumb" concept has existed for c…

My tape measure may be trusty, but I don't always like what it tells me. Namely, when things are either a couple of inches too short or a couple of inches too long.This happened recently when I dreamed up the idea of moving two 4-foot-wide bookcases upstairs to the guest room. They would be perfect up there, I figured. Why hadn't I thought of it before?Then I remembered. I…

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This summer marked the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. People around the world watched in awe as their favorite athletes participated in their favorite events, such as swimmer Michael Phelps and runner Alison Felix. However, people seemed rather thrown off guard when they heard that in a moment of triumph, eight women took home a gold medal for the United States in the wom…

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame will toast the former WADV-FM tonight for 50 years of broadcasting in Buffalo. Now WYRK-FM, the station with a mom-and-pop feel was the first stereo station in the city when it was launched by Dan and Nancy Lee Lesniak in 1962. "We didn't buy it. We built it," said Nancy Lee during a recent phone interview from her William…

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"Tell me what you eat," French culinary philosopher Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously said, "and I will tell you who you are." That's my mantra during the conversations I've been having with readers about where they should eat in Western New York.I'm not complaining. Before I became a professional restaurant critic, I was already that guy who sent strangers at parties…

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Since cooking over fire in your backyard started winning respect in the 1980s, the cookbook industry has released a forest of grilling tomes. Most repeat the same tips and techniques contained in the booklet that comes with a Weber charcoal kettle grill."Charred & Scruffed: Bold new techniques for flavor on and off the grill" challenges the orthodoxy of grilling technique …

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WASHINGTON - When New York Times columnist David Brooks appears at the podium Thursday as the first in this season's University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers, series you might expect to hear a thoughtful conservative's searing analysis of the presidential campaign.Then again, you might hear a critique that would make any conventional conservative squirm.Or you might ge…