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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To some, she is Dana Jackson, real estate agent, or perhaps Professor Dana Jackson, if you're her student at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. Or maybe D.L. Jackson to readers of young adult fiction. But the name most likely to succeed is Elle Jackson, romance writer. The woman of many identities is a native of Kansas City, Kansas (she was Dana Carroll when she ...

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Madeleine Bakery & Bistro’s popular oatmeal cookie recipe features toasted oats, white chocolate chips, dried apricots and pistachios.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh's first book revealed who he was and where he came from. "When Skateboards Will be Free" (2009) was a candid, clear-eyed memoir of what he called his "political childhood," namely his years spent growing up in Pittsburgh and being force-fed the socialist dogma of an Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother. His next book showed what he could do not with fact, but with ...

"Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium" by Lucy Jane Santos; Pegasus Books (336, $27.99) ——— Long before scientists split the atom, quacks and con artists were splitting the profits. Marie and Pierre Curie’s pioneering scientific work was 50 years old before America dropped the A-bomb. But the onslaught of atomic gadgets, radioactive tonics, and other potentially lethal nonsense? That ...

"The Stranger in the Mirror" by Liv Constantine; Harper (336 pages, $26.99) ——— The well-worn trope of a person suffering amnesia receives a fresh update in “The Stranger in the Mirror,” thanks to appealing characters and Liv Constantine’s energetic storytelling. Constantine, the pseudonym for sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, has delivered consistently enthralling novels that have ...

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Meyer’s acclaimed first novel takes readers into the contemporary heartland of America, in an economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town. The story follows the irritable chief of police Del Harris as he’s forced into a sticky situation when his girlfriend’s son is accused of murder. Showtime is adapting the book into a drama series starring Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney and Alex Neustaedter.

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