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    Gifting a book is personal. It tells me about you, and tells me what you think about me. I suppose any gift could do this. But give me a Colleen Hoover bestseller with its 40%-off sticker attached and it still speaks louder than a new sweater. What follows are some very specific messages to send this holiday season, coupled with exactly the right books. There are rules to this: A proper gift ...

      LOS ANGELES — If I had a dime for every time I hear Latinos aren't a monolith, I'd be rich enough to run for mayor of Los Angeles. Yet news stories about Latinos still largely veer between the tired tentpoles of exploited immigrants and up-from-bootstraps success stories, usually produced by reporters with no roots in their subject and no interest in digging deeper. This is why I tell Latinos, ...

        "Shrines of Gaiety" by Kate Atkinson; Doubleday (416 pages, $29) ——— One reason I am always delighted to hear that Kate Atkinson has written a new novel is that I know I’m in for surprises, of the best kind. Atkinson’s brilliant, award-winning books are hard to categorize, but broadly they can be seen as historical novels (”Life After Life,” “A God in Ruins,” “Transcription”) or crime fiction ...

          “Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors" by Tom Bower; Atria Books (464 pages, $25.99) ——— It was like a bad fairy tale: the princes and the peeved. The tale of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry started as a storybook romance. But somewhere along the way, it dissolved into testy arguments and family feuds. Tom Bower’s “Revenge” goes into the ugly details. He thinks he knows who ...

            Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Nov. 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2022, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Boys from Biloxi. John Grisham. Doubleday 2. Fairy Tale. Stephen ...

              A new book from the owner of a New Orleans craft cocktail bar is showing readers an elegant look at cocktails in a city known for drinking excess. Neal Bodenheimer founded Cure in 2009 and since then has gone on to open other bars and restaurants. His new book is titled “Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ’Em." It showcases drinks created by Cure staff and well-known New Orleans drink staples such as the Sazerac or the Ramos Gin Fizz. The book includes essays about the city and its drinking culture. Bodenheimer says the book is a “love letter to the city from me.”

                "Fatty Fatty Boom Boom" by Rabia Chaudry; Algonquin Books (318 pages, $29) ——— Rabia Chaudry was a scrawny baby, underweight and dehydrated after her family's journey from Pakistan to the United States. An auntie recommended a cure: half-and-half. "There is no way to know exactly where the wires crossed in this communication," Chaudry writes in her memoir, "Fatty Fatty Boom Boom." The auntie ...

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