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MIAMI — When South Florida writer Brad Meltzer learned that a Pennsylvania school board had banned his books “I am Rosa Parks” and “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.,” he knew he couldn’t ignore it. “If you’re taking the lessons of Rosa Parks, you have to fight back,” said the creator of the Ordinary People Change the World series, which profiles historic figures including Abraham Lincoln, Frida ...

Her new book, "The Beatryce Prophecy," sprang from a rediscovered draft that she had abandoned after the death of her beloved mother. MINNEAPOLIS — In August 2018, Kate DiCamillo was in the office of her Minneapolis home, sorting through a decade's worth of old papers and manuscripts, when she happened upon a stunning discovery — the first 40 pages of a long-abandoned, long-forgotten novel. ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To some, she is Dana Jackson, real estate agent, or perhaps Professor Dana Jackson, if you're her student at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. Or maybe D.L. Jackson to readers of young adult fiction. But the name most likely to succeed is Elle Jackson, romance writer. The woman of many identities is a native of Kansas City, Kansas (she was Dana Carroll when she ...

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The secret ingredients in this granola recipe? Buttermilk and time. Acid tenderizes oats, and letting the oats soak creates crunchy clumps.

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Oats boost the texture and flavor of this crusty, crackly sourdough bread recipe.

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Madeleine Bakery & Bistro’s popular oatmeal cookie recipe features toasted oats, white chocolate chips, dried apricots and pistachios.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh's first book revealed who he was and where he came from. "When Skateboards Will be Free" (2009) was a candid, clear-eyed memoir of what he called his "political childhood," namely his years spent growing up in Pittsburgh and being force-fed the socialist dogma of an Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother. His next book showed what he could do not with fact, but with ...

"Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium" by Lucy Jane Santos; Pegasus Books (336, $27.99) ——— Long before scientists split the atom, quacks and con artists were splitting the profits. Marie and Pierre Curie’s pioneering scientific work was 50 years old before America dropped the A-bomb. But the onslaught of atomic gadgets, radioactive tonics, and other potentially lethal nonsense? That ...

"The Stranger in the Mirror" by Liv Constantine; Harper (336 pages, $26.99) ——— The well-worn trope of a person suffering amnesia receives a fresh update in “The Stranger in the Mirror,” thanks to appealing characters and Liv Constantine’s energetic storytelling. Constantine, the pseudonym for sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, has delivered consistently enthralling novels that have ...

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