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When Evan first greets his son, he is faced with the surly countenance of 14-year-old Dean. Dean's mother has died, and Evan must now be an instant dad. Caring for Dean changes everything for Evan - how he lives his life, how and where he earns an income and how he deals with his own father. Garth Stein wrote "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets."

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Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr finds four dead musicians in "Jass," by David Fulmer. It is 1909 and the music that will be called jazz is new and innovative. Valentin goes looking for the shadowy woman he believes to be at the heart of the case and finds that nobody in New Orleans wants him working on this case.

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In "Alone," by Lisa Gardner, a sadistic killer is on the loose, a killer so vile his victims don't see him coming until they are cornered. A State Trooper watches a hostage situation, his finger on the trigger, a split second to shoot. A young woman survives a month of abduction to see her husband murdered and her son ill. And the killer brings them all together.

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In the novel, "Ireland," by Frank Delaney, a young boy goes in search of a storyteller. The storyteller came to his home one evening, weaving tales of Ireland's history. As the boy searches far and wide, he encounters Ireland in all its magic and mystery. And he is exposed to the alternative histories of his homeland.

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Nineteen authors representing contemporary Arab American writing are represented in "Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction," edited by Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa. Muslims and Christians are among the characters in these stories, as well as recent immigrants and well-established Americans.

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Elizabeth Hickey chose the painter Gustav Klimt as the subject of her debut novel, "The Painted Kiss." The story is set in Vienna in 1886. Klimt is hired to give basic drawing lessons to Emilie Floge, an aristocratic young girl. Emilie grows up to be the woman by Klimt's side throughout his fascinating career.

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Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia met in 1959. In "Searching for the Sound," Lesh describes his life with The Grateful Dead. This is the first written story of behind the scenes with the band. How did their sound emerge? What was it like to be at the center of this scene, as the band achieved worldwide renown? What was it like to play with Jerry Garcia?

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H.G. Wells first published "The War of the Worlds" in 1898. The book has since delighted many readers and is now available in a new edition with illustrations by Edward Gorey. In this edition, Victorian England is ravaged by the Martians, while Londoners flee by horse and cart and train.

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A new guidebook, "Portland Hill Walks" by Laura O. Foster, details 20 trails and pathways through parks and neighborhoods. The book is divided into five sections that include Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast and North areas. The starting point, distance and availability of amenities are listed at the front of each walk.

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Jasira's mother sends her to live with her father, but he is no more capable of understanding her or responding to her. Jasira's loneliness grows. As America enters war with Kuwait, her status as a "towelhead" adds more to her loneliness. But the father of the child she babysits is more than willing to give Jasira his attention. "Towelhead" was written by Alicia Erian.

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