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NONFICTION: Ben McGrath reads the water to write about a modern-day American voyageur who paddled the rivers from Montana to the Atlantic Ocean. "Riverman: An American Odyssey" by Ben McGrath; Alfred A. Knopf (272 pages, $29) ——— In his fascinating "Riverman," Ben McGrath tells the story of an American wanderer, Dick Conant, who canoed thousands of miles of American rivers before he vanished ...

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SAN FRANCISCO — There was, nearing the end but not at the end of this final season, finally a net for Mike Krzyzewski to cut down. He ascended the ladder a little more cautiously than he did six years ago, one rung at a time, but he swung the detached net around in front of him with practiced nonchalance. Duke had, finally, lived up to the expectations placed upon it by these circumstances. ...

BALTIMORE — About five years ago, relatives began vanishing from the Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler’s life like disappearing ink. They faded away so gradually and quietly Tyler hadn’t even realized they were gone, leaving behind only faint traces of long-ago relationships. A friend compiling a genealogical chart told Tyler she had discovered that two aunts had passed away: the author’s mother’s ...

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