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Aidan Ryan is trying to answer a question about bad hockey and good poetry. "Right now, if you go to a Sabres game, you'll get like 15,000 people in the crowd," the young poet said about attendance at the game the dismal performance of Buffalo's NHL team. "They're paying to go watch the Sabres to perform at that level. Why can't we get these people interested in poetry?" …

YOUNG ADULT A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena; Farrar Straus Giroux, 369 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Blood is pooling on the highway, as the spirits of 16-year-old Zarin and 18-year-old Porus hover over the scene of their fatal highway accident in Jeddah, Saudia Arabi, in the opening chapter of this brilliant, powerful, unforgettable debut novel by Tanaz Bhathen…

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CHILDREN'S The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani; Dial Books for Young Readers, 258 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This extraordinary, poignant, coming-of-age novel, of a 12-year-old girl forced to flee her childhood home during the bloody partition of India in 1947, is written as a diary and based on the experience of the author's father and his family. Nisha's voic…

YOUNG ADULT The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert; FlatIron Books, 355 pages ($16.99) Ages 12 and up. ... This extremely creepy, wondrously original and beautifully written book conjures up a dark, bloody netherworld of fairytales and enchants and enthralls from the first sentence to the final page.  Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine is the granddaughter of  Alth…

CHILDREN'S The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor; Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins, 336 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... Was there ever a more lovable, more valiant character than Mason Buttle? Leslie Connor offers an unforgettable, formidable hero in Mason, a big kid who can barely read or write and is relentlessly bullied by his classmates over his le…

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Daniel Ellsberg's latest book is a disturbing analysis about how close we have been – and still are – to a nuclear holocaust. Ellsberg, the whistleblower behind the provocative Pentagon Papers in 1971 which became the basis for the Steven Spielberg film "The Post," is an expert on decision theory and warfare strategy. Yet positive reviews for "The Doomsday Machine: Conf…

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If you searched Buffalo for someone highly qualified to write cold case murder mysteries, you would have a hard time finding an author who fills the bill better than Lissa Marie Redmond. Redmond is a former member of the Buffalo Police Cold Cases Squad who retired in 2015. Now, instead of investigating cold case murder mysteries, she writes about them. Her first myst…

YOUNG ADULT A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi; Philomel, 276 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... From foreign correspondent and award-winning journalist Atia Abawi comes a shattering, heart-rending, page-turner of a novel of the Syrian refugee crisis through the journey of a Syrian teenager named Tareq. With swift, sure strokes, in just a few pages, Abawi p…

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Rose McGowan read from her memoir "Brave" last week in Manhattan's Union Square Barnes and Noble. Her book, among other things, touches upon her troubled childhood as the daughter of Children of God parents and her emancipation from them at 15. Of course, it deals, too, with her subsequent alienation from Hollywood and the abuses she's suffered. After the actress and…

CHILDREN'S The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Scholastic, 233 pages ($16.99) Ages 9 to 13. ... The latest marvelous novel of the African-American experience from acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis (winner of Newbery Honors for "The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963" and the Newbery Medal for "Bud, Not Buddy") takes place just before the Civil …

YOUNG ADULT Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke; Clarion Books, 432 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This hilarious and unexpectedly poignant debut novel comes from a writer who works in the film industry, its whimsical narrative in the voice of 17-year-old Jane Sinner, interspersing journal entries and conversations (including many with an imaginary therapist) and …

CHILDREN’S Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth; Greenwillow Books, 127 pages ($19.99) ... This fascinating book chronicling a little-known but important chapter of the battle for civil rights comes from Amy Hill Hearth, the journalist who, with the late Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany, wrote “Having Our Say:…

YOUNG ADULT Dear Martin by Nic Stone; Crown, 208 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... How does the Black Lives Matter movement carry on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This poignant and powerful debut novel explores that question, through a 17-year-old boy, writing a journal as letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., trying to make sense of King’s nonviolent ways i…

CHILDREN’S NONFICTION Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, paintings by Brian Pinkney; Scholastic, 123 pages ($19.99) Ages 9 to 12. (Jan. 2 publication) ... On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes this stunning poetic tribute to the martyred civil rights leader, focusing on the final weeks of his life as he …