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Fred Milkie Jr.

“I'm in the middle of reading Alice Munro’s Dear Life. I have read and admired every one of her short story collections. She is such a master observer of human nature and so skilled in the short story form that in a single story she gives the reader the impression of having just read an entire novel about the characters’ lives. As a writer, I am constantly learning from her and of course celebrated with the rest of the world when she won the Nobel Prize.”

Robin Oliveira, author of I Always Loved You

Oliveira appears at 8 p.m. Friday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

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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.

    History

    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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