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John Amen to read tonight at Waterbean

One of the liveliest poetry nights I’ve ever experienced was on a fourth Wednesday night back in January at Waterbean Coffee at NorthCross Shopping Center in Huntersville. The place was popping with warmth, good energy and the smell of dark, rich coffee.

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This Florida man makes Florida even weirder

Floridians get used to it - that look they get when they tell someone where they live. At some point most residents of the land of Disney, oranges and humidity have found themselves on trial for the weird sins of their home state.

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Wealthy, white and a soldier in struggle for racial justice

We can judge autobiography strictly for its ability to penetrate and portray the stuff of life. We can also assess its capture of a single human story, especially if the author’s life fascinates us. The best succeed at both, but also illuminate the historical moment in which the author lived. That rare autobiography becomes the most compelling kind of history and reveals an era while it absorbs us with a human voice. Lewis M. Steel’s “The Butler’s Child” is such a book.

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Charles’ second novel delves into social climbing among black upper class

On the heels of her inaugural novel, Raleigh’s Shonette Charles is back with the second in her “Breaking Into the Black Elite” series. Set in the fictional North Carolina town of Fairchester, “Game On” (Seamare Press) follows Sahara and Noah Kyle as they try to join an exclusive social club, and delves into the world of social climbing, double-crossing and dangerous secrets.