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    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 ...

            "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 ...

              FICTION: In the third in the series, Olav Audunsson is tormented, miserable and grieving — until war begins. Olav Audunssøn: Crossroads By: Sigrid Undset, translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally. Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, 256 pages, $17.95. ——— Set in the early years of the 14th century, "Crossroads" is the third volume of Norwegian Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset's ...

                NONFICTION: A delightful examination of the symbol and meaning behind physical texts, for people who love books. "Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers" by Emma Smith; Alfred A. Knopf (352 pages, $28) ——— Where does a text exist? A book seems like the obvious answer, but texts can be orally transmitted, etched onto banana leaves, or downloaded from cyberspace and read on a ...

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