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A funny thing happened on the way to some records being set on publication day by one of the unfunniest books ever published in America. The book is Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump In the White House." The record it set immediately was this one: Simon & Schuster's pre-order sale of the book was the biggest at the publisher in 94 years. 750,000 copies were sold on the…

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It’s a nightmare scenario a family man lives in fear of. In 2016, Every Time I Die vocalist and front-man Keith Buckley was on the road when he was alerted his pregnant wife had been rushed to the hospital. He left the tour and arrived at the hospital to find her connected to life-support machinery. The threat of losing his family stared Buckley directly in the eye. …

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https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1035596499554652163 Jay Rosen has been renowned as a journalism professor at NYU and one of the toughest and most esteemed press critics in America for many years. His blog is called PressThink. You could, of course, subscribe to the Voice, too, which I did with great enthusiasm and delight for a couple of decades. The 21st …

America was never the same after Super Bowl XXX. It had nothing to do with the game played Jan. 28, 1996, in Arizona's Sun Devil Stadium. Who now gives a fig the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17? Aside from the inarguable fact all victories by the Cowboys are losses for America, the outcome of that game no longer matters. It was what we at home saw …

YOUNG ADULT I'm Not Missing by Carrie Fountain; Flatiron Books, 326 pages ($18.99) Ages 14 and up. This fine debut novel by poet Carrie Fountain, set in Las Cruces, N.M., is a poignant exploration of love, loss, friendship, betrayal and identity. In the middle of their senior year of high school, Miranda Black's best friend Syd disappears, leaving behind only a cr…

CHILDREN'S Endling the Last: Book One by Katherine Applegate; HarperCollins, 400 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This brilliantly conceived, thrilling fantasy with its pulse-pounding suspense and sobering message comes from the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The One and Only Ivan"and the Animorphs series. "Ivan" was told from told from the point of view of a goril…

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Omarosa Manigault Newman is the greatest star ever created by reality TV. Her closest competition would be the Kardashian family – living symbols of American narcissism and conspicuous consumption – and Richard Hatch, the winner of the first season of "Survivor," who parlayed his nude insouciance into a prison sentence for tax evasion. I've unashamedly been a supporter …

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If you didn’t know what war Army Cpl. Lawrence “Larry” Titzler served in, you would never guess his age. He’s sharp as a tack, with a great sense of humor and steel-trap memory. The 95-year-old World War II veteran has compiled memories of his long life into a short, entertaining memoir, entitled, “A Local Boy Goes to War: Memories of World War II,” just published by…

YOUNG ADULT Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi; Feiwel and Friends, 327 pages ($17.99). Ages 14 and up. ... Lulu (short for Leila) Saad is always attracted to the wrong kind of boy ("Why couldn't nice boys smell like peppermint and gin?"), and we first meet her emerging from a closet at a party after a make-out session. Then she gets infuriated with the…

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The Buffalo Authors' Network will host its first expo of local black authors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Alphonso "Rafi" Greene Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Ave. BAN's goal is to encourage reading in Buffalo and the expo will showcase 10 African-American authors who will have their books for sale. After attending the Buffalo Authors' Expo, participants are e…

YOUNG ADULT The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas; Delacorte Press, 384 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This suspenseful, well-crafted thriller, from the author of "Little Monsters" and "The Darkest Corners," will appeal to fans of E. Lockhart's "We Were Liars," Sara Shepard's "Pretty Little Liars" and television's "Veronica Mars" and is a terrific summer read. At Sunnyb…

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Here's a headline from Forbes magazine: "Millennials Aren't Very Interested in Traditional Radio Anymore." Well, duh, as the younger, more impatient ones might say. They're all still interested in new music, of course, but they're getting it online from streaming sites (Spotify, Pandora etc.) and getting ideas for what to investigate from Internet lists. Here, as summer…