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FICTION: A girl comes of age and finds her passion in the climbing gym. "Sam" by Allegra Goodman; Dial Press (316 pages, $28) ——— Some writers hone a signature style, while others reinvent their approach to suit each book. With her sixth novel, "Sam," Allegra Goodman set aside the descriptive, lyrical prose style of her prize-winning novels and New Yorker stories to craft a stripped-down, ...

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PITTSBURGH — The concept of playing football beyond high school originally never occurred to the late Franco Harris. The son of a World War II veteran and a first-generation Italian mother, Harris' goal growing up in South Jersey in the 1950s and 60s was to follow in the footsteps of his father, Cad, and enlist in a branch of the military. But while Franco was attending Rancocas Valley ...

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