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Bill Gates reveals his favorite books of 2018

Among his other well-known pastimes, Bill Gates loves to read. The Microsoft co-founder and current co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has made a tradition of releasing a December list of his favorite books of the year. While all nonfiction, his 2018 selections reflect a variety of topics. Here they are.

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Need a gift book to satisfy even the most niche person on your list? We’ve got it

This is one of those annual stories in which the writer tries to convince you to give books as holiday gifts. And not just any books – pricey, oversize books, light on text, heavy on photos, so narrowly defined that, well, yes, Virginia, there really is a new coffee-table book for your cousin who seriously misses old horror-movie ads in newspapers, "Ad Nauseam: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1980s" ($35, 1984 Publishing). And a new coffee-table book for your dad who won't shut up about someday visiting the 2,500-square-foot mural at Cornell University called the Wall of Birds; "The Wall of Birds" ($45, Harper) is part "Birds of America," part contemporary account of that very singular achievement.

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10 new children’s books to savor this season

If your family is like mine, certain holiday storybooks come out once a year to savor under the covers. Maybe you also like to give books to an eager reader or reader-to-be. We've selected 10 new titles that celebrate Christmastime, winter, traditions and the season of giving.

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Book review: ‘The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein’ clever, compelling reimagining of horror classic

Parents need to know that Kiersten White's The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a reimagining of Mary Shelley's classic tale of horror. It focuses on the female characters who people the original novel. There's a large amount of violence, more often implied than shown, that includes a strangling, a hanging, a shooting, and a stabbing. A small amount of swearing includes "s -- t," "piss," "ass," and "bitch."

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