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Megan Abbott on ‘Give Me Your Hand’

For someone who likes to kill people in her books, Megan Abbott is tremendously cheerful. Her conversation was peppered with laughter when I reached her by phone at home in Queens, N.Y., just having finished the book tour for her latest novel, "Give Me Your Hand."

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Bill Cunningham’s fashionable life recalled in two new books

Bill Cunningham died in 2016, and the Sunday New York Times just hasn't been the same for me. You see, I'd go immediately to the Sunday Styles section and look for his photographs of New Yorkers and their fashions, both people on the street and the smart society types who posed at the assorted balls, receptions and openings. It didn't matter where I was actually living, the Connecticut River Valley or San Francisco's Russian Hill, gazing at Cunningham's "On the Street" and "Evening Hours" photos always transported me back to a New York where I could imagine, if only for a second, that it was me charging across 57th street at Fifth Avenue looking dashing or posing in a tuxedo somewhere with a canape in one hand and a martini in the other.

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Book review: ‘The First Rule of Punk,’ superb spirited tale about a creative, proud Latina teen

Parents need to know that "The First Rule of Punk" is about a 12-year-old Latina who loves punk and bristles at pressure to act as a model senorita. Malu's story – the first book by librarian and zine-maker Celia C. Perez – is packed with samples of engagingly illustrated zines that explore her connections with her family, Mexico, feminism, and more. Malu is rebellious but respectful, by and large: She looks for opportunities to express herself within the lines established by her school and family (aside from a makeover done without her mother's knowledge). The power of creativity, the importance of speaking up against unfairness, and recognizing how your history informs your present are key themes.

Little Free Library dedication

Wichita's Fairmount neighborhood has a new Little Free Library, thanks to donations and efforts by Storytime Village, the Rotary Club of Wichita and the Shocker Neighborhood Coalition. The library, at the corner of 16th Street and Gentry, was dedi