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Dennis Rogers reviews Julian M. Pleasants’ new book about the political life of NC Gov. W. Kerr Scott, who brought the state into the progressive political movement that rose to prominence in the post-World War II era.

Forensic experts began excavating graves and examining bones Saturday in a tiny chapel in Madrid, hoping to solve the centuries-old mystery of exactly where the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was laid to rest.

Anthony Doerr

Book reviewer Dannye Romine Powell tackles the latest novel from North Carolina writer Sarah Addison Allen.

Children’s books reviewer Susie Wilde wishes more celebrities took a page from B.J. Novak’s ‘The Book with No Pictures.’

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. (Vintage) Goldstein revives the art of the dialogue, bringing the Greek philosopher to life in 21st-century America and sending him on a multicity book tour. As he probes some of the deepest questions confronting us – from sexuality and child-rearing to morality and the meaning of life – “we hear authentic Platonic arguments brought nicely up to date,” Anthony Gottlieb wrote in The New York Times Book Review.

This new biography of Wells, a 19th century novelist, memoirist, abolitionist and performer, paints a harrowing picture of slavery, as seen through the eyes of a young man who lived through it, escaped it, wrote about it and advocated against it.

Want to know more about the Cuban Revolution? Want history that reads like a novel? “The Yankee Comandante” is it.

Anthony Doerr

Novelist Nellie Herman aims to add to our understanding of Vincent van Gogh with an imagining of a 10-month ‘silent period’ in which he stopped communicating with his brother.

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