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Anthony Doerr

The man of the house has promised real, roaring fires this winter. Fires to read by. Fires to dream by. Today is Feb. 1 and I’m still waiting.

Best-selling author Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton’s classic ‘Jurassic Park’ and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, ‘The Great Zoo of China.’

In ‘Gateway to Freedom,’ historian Eric Foner explains the workings of the underground railroad.

And the Dark Sacred Night, by Julia Glass. (Anchor) Immersing readers in a panorama stretching from New Jersey to Vermont, Glass’ heartfelt novel follows Kit – an unemployed art historian with two kids, a mortgage and an exasperated wife – as he searches for the identity of his biological father. (His quest leads to an unsuspecting family circle that includes characters from Glass’ National Book Award-winning “Three Junes.”)

A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.

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.

Never mind washing the dog, if we had a dog.Never mind feeding the cat, if we had a cat.Never min...

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