Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

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Two Writers Haunted by Their Caribbean Past

A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET By Caryl Phillips 324 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27.


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The Life of Atticus Finch

It’s not every fictional character who is worthy of his or her own biography, but Atticus Finch is not just any character.

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New in Paperback: ‘The Book That Changed America,’ ‘Manhattan Beach’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, by Randall Fuller. (Penguin, $18.) Fuller’s lively account focuses on the responses of a group of New England intellectuals to Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.

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Grandmas and Grandpas Are a Kid’s Natural Allies in These Books

Needless to say, small children won’t be reading this review. It is aimed squarely at the grown-ups who buy picture books, borrow them, give them as gifts and read them aloud to children.

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Woodrow Wilson Achieved a Lot. So Why Is He So Scorned?

THE MORALIST Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made By Patricia O’Toole Illustrated. 636 pp. Simon & Schuster. $35 Historical memory has not been kind to Woodrow Wilson. No other president who accomplished so much has so few latter-day admirers.