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Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

In this hot and heavy political season, The New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ latest book, As Texas Goes… How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, $26), is a must read. By turns sharply insightful and hilariously funny, Collins makes the case that much of the source of current conservative political positions (everything from sexual abstinence to banking deregulation and expanding gun rights) comes from Texas and the mythos Texans have constructed about themselves. And for Nevadans, it’s fascinating to read about a state that rivals us in terms of rankings (50th in spending on mental health, 43rd in high school graduation, and first in uninsured children, for example). Very engaging, stimulating reading.

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Ryan Leslie

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Ryan Leslie

By Brjden Crewe

In town on his Les Is More album tour, the hip-hop/R&B singer eschewed running through a bunch of tracks the crowd didn’t yet know in favor of the songs that got him in front of a packed poolside audience in the first place. Channeling his inner Curtis Mayfield, Leslie worked the keyboards while both rhyming and singing on “Beautiful Lie,” “Something That I Like” and “Diamond Girl,” during which he teased the women in the crowd with the song’s suggestive lyrics of marital commitment and expensive engagement rings.

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