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Bill Cunningham’s fashionable life recalled in two new books

Bill Cunningham died in 2016, and the Sunday New York Times just hasn't been the same for me. You see, I'd go immediately to the Sunday Styles section and look for his photographs of New Yorkers and their fashions, both people on the street and the smart society types who posed at the assorted balls, receptions and openings. It didn't matter where I was actually living, the Connecticut River Valley or San Francisco's Russian Hill, gazing at Cunningham's "On the Street" and "Evening Hours" photos always transported me back to a New York where I could imagine, if only for a second, that it was me charging across 57th street at Fifth Avenue looking dashing or posing in a tuxedo somewhere with a canape in one hand and a martini in the other.

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Book review: ‘The First Rule of Punk,’ superb spirited tale about a creative, proud Latina teen

Parents need to know that "The First Rule of Punk" is about a 12-year-old Latina who loves punk and bristles at pressure to act as a model senorita. Malu's story – the first book by librarian and zine-maker Celia C. Perez – is packed with samples of engagingly illustrated zines that explore her connections with her family, Mexico, feminism, and more. Malu is rebellious but respectful, by and large: She looks for opportunities to express herself within the lines established by her school and family (aside from a makeover done without her mother's knowledge). The power of creativity, the importance of speaking up against unfairness, and recognizing how your history informs your present are key themes.

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4 summer books you might have missed

Summer whizzes by, books get buzzed about, noted on "best of" and "to be read" lists, and then – blammo! – the talk turns to fall books. Wait, what about those summer titles? We haven't read them all yet!

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The food of the whole Islamic world, in one crazy-ambitious cookbook

Some cookbooks, to state the obvious, are a lot more ambitious than others. There are the books, stacks of them, that arrive with dismaying frequency – slight kitchen novellas, cheerful recipe boxes – and whose shelf lives are as short as the time it likely took to produce them. Not so with Anissa Helou's new cookbook, her ninth, a stately encyclopedia of a book that runs over 500 pages, catalogs more than 300 recipes and the scope of which is breathtaking.

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