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Gary Presley
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Essayist, book reviewer
Essayist, book reviewer

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TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
Nonfiction Living with mystery and complexity TIDES The Science and Spirit of the Ocean By Jonathan White 360 pp. Trinity University Press Reviewed by Lynne M. Hinkey For anyone who is fascinated, inspired, or in awe of the ocean, here’s the book for you. T...

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BLACK WATER
Fiction Dark deeds, neighbors naming neighbors BLACK WATER By Louise Doughty 352 pp. Sarah Crichton Books Reviewed by Sarah Morgan Graham Greene said, “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets in the future.” It’s almost as thoug...

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THE ANGELS’ SHARE
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Baby shoes and bourbon THE ANGELS’ SHARE By James Markert 320 pp. Thomas Nelson Reviewed by Eric Petersen A reviewer never really knows to what to expect from a book until he starts reading it, and even then he often finds himself surprised when he...

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LISTEN, LIBERAL
Nonfiction Working-stiff workers left behind LISTEN, LIBERAL or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? By Thomas Frank 308 pp. Henry Holt Reviewed by Dennis C. Rizzo I suspect Thomas Frank is one of the few people not surprised by the victory of Do...

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POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON’T LOOK FRIENDLY
Fiction In the grip of The Troubles POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON’T LOOK FRIENDLY A Detective Sean Duffy Novel By Adrian McKinty 320 pp. Seventh Street Books Reviewed by Eric Petersen Irish crime novelist Adrian McKinty is back with another quirky thri...

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LAST OF THE ANNAMESE
Fiction Allies to the bitter end LAST OF THE ANNAMESE 336 pp. Naval Institute Press By Tom Glenn Reviewed by William C. Crawford This enthralling read is an autobiographical novel about the fall of Vietnam to the Communists in 1975. Tom Glenn lived much of ...

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THE PEOPLE OF THE BROKEN NECK
Fiction Making certain we’re not certain THE PEOPLE OF THE BROKEN NECK By Silas Dent Zobal 352 pp. Unbridled Books Reviewed by Dennis C. Rizzo Shell shock. Battle fatigue. It’s had many names over the years. Now we know it as PTSD. Silas Dent Zobal peels ba...

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I AM BRIAN WILSON
Nonfiction But listen to his music I AM BRIAN WILSON: A Memoir By Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman 307 pp. Da Capo  Reviewed by Alan Goodman Brian Wilson has few peers as a prolific and influential Rock And Roll songwriter. As the front man and driving creati...

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THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY
Nonfiction Dreaming of home THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY:  FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's 
Only Family Internment Camp During World War II By Jan Jarboe Russell  393 pp. Scribner  Reviewed by Madison Bush Life may be like a box of chocola...
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