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  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Bestsellers / Paperbacks Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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  • Spies, cops and cover-ups Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Charting the landscape of the mind Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."

  • Teaching that's not by the book Robert Boyers, Robert Boyers is editor of the quarterly Salmagundi and Tisch professor of arts and letters at Skidmore College. His most recent book is "A Book of Common Praise."

  • Private moments, primal beauty Ginger Danto, Ginger Danto writes on the arts for a variety of publications.

  • Born in the U.S.A. Elizabeth Partridge, Elizabeth Partridge is the author of a biography of Dorothea Lange, "This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie" and a forthcoming biography of John Lennon.

  • The ugly fruit of racist roots Daniel Levitas, Daniel Levitas is the author of "The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right."

  • Edwardians on the edge Stephen Toulmin, Stephen Toulmin is Henry R. Luce professor in the multiethnic and transnational studies department at USC. He is the author, most recently, of "Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity" and a former fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

  • In the moment, ever so jarringly John Palattella, John Palattella writes about poetry for the Nation and the Boston Review.

  • One God, three religions Jack Miles, Jack Miles, a MacArthur Fellow (2003-07), is senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust and the author of "God: A Biography" and "Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God."

  • Among many secret worlds Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Det. Charlotte Justice series, which includes "Inner City Blues."

  • For armchair travelers Marion Winik, Marion Winik is an NPR commentator and the author of "First Comes Love."

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