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A Q-and-A with Kevin Kwan, of 'Crazy Rich Asians' fame

I don't know about you, but I gobbled all three volumes of Kevin Kwan's gossipy, name-droppy and wickedly funny "Crazy Rich Asians" trilogy as if they were popcorn. (Really fresh, still-warm popcorn, with that good European butter ... but I digress.) The novels, set among three intergenerational and ultrarich Chinese families and peppered with hilarious explanatory footnotes, are set mostly in Singapore but flit easily from one glamorous world city to another, with Young family heir Nick and his American-born girlfriend (later wife) Rachel as our levelheaded tour guides.

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4 children's books with enduring magic and wisdom

When I was 13, I got a job shelving books at the public library in Duluth, Minn., the most stultifying job ever held by anybody on the face of the planet. (Or so I thought.) At first I worked just a few hours after school, but later the librarians scheduled me to work on Saturdays, too. I resented giving up my weekend, so I decided to quit. As I was giving notice, I mentioned casually that it would have been fun to work in the children's room. The head librarian said, "OK," and instead of handing me my final check she reassigned me to the joyous, noisy first floor, the room of tiny, colorfully painted chairs and Saturday afternoon puppet shows.

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How she learned to love herself

The road to self-love and confidence is paved with good intentions – and detours. There is no blueprint on how to navigate the world, especially if you're a transgender woman of color. But with her second book, the recently released "Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me," activist Janet Mock is attempting to provide a model for those coming behind her.

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New US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith wants to reach beyond poetry fans

On an early June day, Tracy K. Smith looked out the window of her office at Princeton University at a sculpture by Picasso as students and their families prepared for graduation activities. None of them knew that Smith, who was fielding a battery of phone calls, would soon be announced as the U.S. poet laureate. The Library of Congress made it official earlier this month.

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'Bangkok' cookbook avoids cliches, digs deep into city's food

"Bangkok" is Leela Punyaratabandhu's detailed portrait of the bustling metropolis she grew up in. Though she eventually moved to Chicago for college, the food of her youth always remained important. She started writing the wildly popular blog She Simmers (www.shesimmers.com) about cooking Thai food and now splits her time between Chicago and Bangkok.

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Catch a new way to do fish

The annual Svitak fish fry was the highlight of my summer as a child. After my father brought home the fish, the work fell to my mother, who dipped walleye and northern pike into eggwash and crushed cornflakes. The oil in the deep fryer crackled as she dropped in the fillets, her face flushed from the heat. Once cooked, the fillets were sprinkled with enough salt to give a doctor a heart attack, before my mother served them with lemon wedges and a big smile.

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, June 18, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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Book club members have a novel approach

On a blustery Friday afternoon in late April, a fire warms the spacious Queen Mary Room of the Atria on Roslyn Harbor, N.Y., a senior retirement community. A circle of easy chairs is drawn around a table laden with fruit and cookies.

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