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  • Novel's plot devices as old as fiction itself

    "Anyone but Him" by Theresa Linden. Silver Fire Publishing (Elyria, Ohio, 2018). 295 pp., $13.95. The novel "Anyone but Him" is labeled on its cover "a new adult mystery romance". While it is admittedly new, its plot devices are as old as fiction itself. The story concerns a young woman, Caitlyn Summer, who awakes one morning not knowing who she is or where she is or who is the man sharing her bed.

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  • Book offers perspective on former nuncio's claims, author says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The decision to appoint Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick to lead the Archdiocese of Washington and eventually to make him a cardinal went forward at the insistence of St. John Paul II's inner circle despite reservations stemming from reports of misconduct, a new book claimed.

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  • Authors offer faith-filled ways to deal with process of grieving

    "Winter of the Heart: Finding Your Way Through the Mystery of Grief" by Paula D'Arcy. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2018). 50 pp., $6.95. "Bruised and Wounded: Struggling to Understand Suicide" by Ronald Rolheiser. Paraclete Press (Brewster, Massachusetts, 2018). 77 pp., $10.99.

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  • Author recounts unconventional life of 16th-century Italian noblewoman

    "Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna" by Ramie Targoff. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (New York, 2018). 342 pp., $30. With "Renaissance Woman," Ramie Targoff, a professor of English and co-chair of Italian studies at Brandeis University, offers readers not only an intimate portrayal of the life of Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547), but a wide-ranging and detailed background to her life.

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