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“I am reading Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith. He hooked me in the opening scene with arguably the least erotic ménage-a-trois ever put to writing — as experienced by the author as a 16-year-old virgin who has only used a condom under ‘experimental conditions’ and is ramping up to a full-blown panic attack before contact is made. I would have never guessed that spending so much time inside the head of someone with crippling anxiety could be so entertaining. But ultimately, it is an incisive personal look at how our minds work against us.”

Joe Mozingo, author of The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family

Mozingo appears at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Miami Book Fair International at Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">An Idea Whose Time Has Come:</span> Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.. Todd Purdum. Holt. 398 pages. $30.

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    Book assesses the impact of the Civil Rights Act 50 years later

    The veterans of the civil rights movement gathered at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in Texas this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and assess its impact. Then the living embodiment of that legislation walked on stage.

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    “The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton — it’s a book built around characters and plots inspired by astrological principles. It’s a neo-Victorian murder mystery and a mere 832 pages long, and it made 28-year-old Catton the youngest person to win the coveted Man Booker Prize. The voice is natural, easy to understand and ambitious; she’s a novelist who is seeking to reclaim the authorial, a writer who seeks to entertain and enlighten.”

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">The Boom:</span> How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Russell Gold. Simon & Schuster. 384 pages. $26.

    Nonfiction

    Book considers the pros and cons of fracking

    Author considers both sides of the controversial issue.

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