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The Untamed Times of Benny Binion

Amid this new cultural climate arrives Doug J. Swanson’s compelling biography of a legendary Las Vegas forefather—Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster who Created Vegas Poker (Viking, $28). In it, Swanson combines an investigative reporter’s zeal for research with an author’s love of words. Read More

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I Want That Book: Everything I Never Told You

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press, $27), the debut novel by Pushcart Prize winner Celeste Ng about a Chinese-American family in 1970s-era Ohio. Marilyn and James Lee have three children, but they have the greatest expectations for Lydia, their middle daughter. When Lydia’s dead body is discovered, Read More

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We Are Called to Read

Are we all familiar with Chekhov’s gun? It’s one of the maxims of dramatic storytelling, according to Anton Chekhov, the master playwright and short-story writer. Basically, if an author introduces a gun in the first act of a story or play, that gun must be fired at some point. Las Vegas novelist

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Drones in Dreamland

The books dedicated to Area 51 could fill a small library, but if you’re less interested in theory and more fascinated by action, you can’t do better than Dale Brown’s Dreamland series. Read More

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Paging the Past

Stephens Press sure knows how to make an exit. The book-publishing arm of Review-Journal parent Stephens Media called it quits last year, but it still had its most ambitious project in the pipeline. Read More