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NONFICTION: This enthralling memoir recounts the lifetime work of a marine biologist trying to see into the dark depths of the oceans. "Below the Edge of Darkness" by Edith Widder; Random House (352 pages, $28) ——— Bioluminescence is one of those words, six science-sounding syllables, that might make some readers back away slowly. Such hesitation would be a shame, however, if it stops anyone ...

The Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen brotherhood of man mission continues. “Renegades,” the podcast collaboration between the former president and the Boss has been repurposed and will be released as a book this fall. “Renegades: Born in the USA,” the book adaptation, will be released Oct. 26, Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The 320-page tome will retail for $50 and include ...

The worst of the heat has dissipated (at least for now? Please?), which means we can all stop complaining about the weather and turn our attention to summer reading. Here are six new paperbacks, all potentially compelling choices for lazy afternoons. "Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery" by Erica C. Barnett (Penguin, $17). The debut book from Seattle journalist Barnett ...

LOS ANGELES — As director Rodrigo Garcia's father lay dying, he found himself taking notes. In these, he recorded his most profound sentiments. He also recorded death's processes and banalities: the conferences with grim-faced doctors, the pro forma small talk, the sharing of memories — meaningful, funny, off-color — that serve as a way for the living to grapple with the absence that looms. ...

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President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva Tuesday for a much-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Coastal Oaxaca beach towns draw an entirely different crowd than you’ll find in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Puerto Escondido anchors this region, and you’ll pay far less here than in the more popular Mexico beach destinations.

"On Juneteenth" by Annette Gordon-Reed; Liveright (128 pages, $15.95) ——— The first friend I made when I moved from Florida to the Twin Cities in 1987 was a woman from Doucette, Texas. Laverne, like me, was a Black woman who'd traded the South's warmth and lushness for the cold, austere beauty of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. But we were often homesick and attended events that reminded us of home. ...

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