July 15-21: J.K. Rowling, The American South And The Right To Bear Arms

Gunfight

The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

by Adam Winkler

Paperback, 361 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published July 15 2013 | purchase

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Gunfight
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The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America
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Adam Winkler

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Adam Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller — which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital — as a springboard to look at the American political battle over gun control.

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Better Off Without 'Em

A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

by Chuck Thompson

Paperback, 312 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 16 2013 | purchase

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Better Off Without 'Em
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A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
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Chuck Thompson describes his road-trip investigation into the North-South cultural divide in America. He meets with possum-hunting conservatives, trailer park lifers and prayer warriors before concluding that both sides might have been better of if the Confederate states had seceded.

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The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

Paperback, 512 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published July 23 2013 | purchase

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The Casual Vacancy
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J.K. Rowling

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The early death of a small-town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford. In the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election, Pagford's peaceful facade rapidly deteriorates.

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