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BOOK REVIEW: 'Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White' by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

There's no magic wand to change the things that've been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn't arrive quickly and they won't leave quickly but, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they can be repaired.

BOOK REVIEW: 'You're the One I Want' by Shane Allison

Mine, mine, mine. When you were 2 years old, that was your favorite word. Everything you saw belonged to you somehow, one way or another. And as you'll see in the new novel "You're the One I Want" by Shane ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'She Stood for Freedom' by Loki Mulholland, artwork by Charlotta Janssen

Speak up when something's not right, and hold your head high. Stand up for yourself and, in the new book "She Stood for Freedom," author Loki Mulholland says, stand up for others, too.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Nobody' by Marc Lamont Hill; Foreword by Todd Brewster

Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that's sometimes based on all the wrong things, and in the new book "Nobody" by Marc Lamont Hill, ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Brave Like Me' by Barbara Kerley

Your Mom or Dad isn't home right now. They won't be home for supper tonight, either, because they're serving their country in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. That makes you a Military Kid, which means you ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Education of Kevin Powell' by Kevin Powell

You never knew what you didn't have.

Writing Contest Kicks Off Its Fifth Cycle

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Library of Congress, in conjunction with a bevy of public and school libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, is hosting "A Book that Shaped Me," a summer essay-writing contest that allows rising fifth- and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Gilded Years' by Karin Tanabe

Always be true to yourself — unless, as in the new book "The Gilded Years" by Karin Tanabe, temporarily living a lie could change your future.

BOOK REVIEW: 'We Are Charleston' by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., Ph.D., and Marjory Wentworth

There are, say the authors, two Charlestons in South Carolina.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare' by Gene Barretta

You’re not the only kid in the world who likes ice cream.

BOOK REVIEW: '83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson' by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne

They say you’ll always remember where you were when you hear of certain tragedies, and “83 Minutes” takes you there again.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Running With the Champ' by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli)

Two heads are better than one, and in the new book "Running With the Champ" by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), so are four feet.

BOOK REVIEW: 'I Almost Forgot About You' by Terry McMillan

In every love life, there's always The One That Got Away. It just didn't work out then, but now…? In the new novel, "I Almost Forgot about You" by Terry McMillan, he'll never get away twice.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Chasing Perfection' by Andy Glockner

Analytics for basketball is a big business.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation' by Natalie Y. Moore

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

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