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Book: Fatherhood’s the topic for stand-up author

Jim Gaffigan has made an impressive career by getting audiences laughing about American bad habits.

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Book: Bad boys and girls of book

‘Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors’
By Andrew Shaffer. Harper Perennial; 304 pgs., $14.99..

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Season of reflection

Author Fenton Johnson explores writing and real life, including his Catholic upbringing, love of Kentucky, and the loss of friends and his partner from AIDS

There’s one thing Fenton Johnson wants you to know about reading this article — in this moment, as you pore over these words, we are all here together.

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Book: Heavy metal and the other

‘What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal’
By Laina Dawes. Bazillion Points; 224 pgs., $16.95.

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Book: Falling under the spell of Anne Boleyn

‘The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen’
By Susan Bordo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 368 pgs., $27.

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Book: Fresh memories and old notes

Jill McCorkle weaves stories both sad and happy in ‘Life After Life’

‘Life After Life’
By Jill McCorkle. Algonquin Books; 352 pgs., $24.95.

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An eye on the future

Nearly a century after its release, ‘The Great Gatsby’ still speaks to America’s class, cultural and racial shifts

Spoiler alert: If you skipped “The Great Gatsby” in high school and never bothered to read the Cliff’s Notes, proceed with caution.

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Book: New food for thought … about food

Michael Pollan discusses ‘Cooked’

‘Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation’
By Michael Pollan. Penguin Press; 469 pgs., $27.95.

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Book: Bewilderment breathes life into death

‘Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations’
By David Ferry. The University of Chicago Press; 115 pgs., $18.

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Book: The complicated animal

Rebecca Gayle Howell releases ‘Render / An Apocalypse’

‘Render / An Apocalypse’
By Rebecca Gayle Howell. Cleveland State University Poetry Center; 88 pgs., $15.95.