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In recent years, Cincinnati has celebrated its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community through parades, official resolutions, flags and legislation.

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In David Pepper's third novel, The Voter File, foreign interference threatens our elections. Recently unemployed political reporter Jack Sharpe follows a lead about a special election in Wisconsin with a suspicious outcome and uncovers a plot to change the results of U.S. elections all over the country.

What If Hillary Never Said Yes To Bill?

May 21, 2020
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What is left to say about a woman who has faced endless scrutiny on the written page and the world's stage?

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Richard Cordray was the nation's first director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) when it was created a decade ago during the administration of President Barack Obama. 

george remus book
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Prohibition took away legal alcohol in America, but brought with it opportunity for clever criminals, including George Remus, who built his bourbon empire with feet on both sides of the Ohio River. He lived in a grand mansion in Price Hill, and later died in the care of a nurse in Covington.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with author Don Bentley about his new book, Without Sanctionand how his real life experiences flying Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, being awarded a Bronze Star, and working for FBI intelligence helped inspire the fictional story.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with New York Times bestselling author Adam Cohen about his new book, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, which explores how the court's rulings contributed to inequality in the U.S.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Yes, current polls suggest that this year's presidential election could come down to two septuagenarians in Republican President Donald J. Trump and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who currently leads the race for the Democratic nomination.

After Suffrage, Many Women Failed To Vote. Kentuckians Were An Exception

Feb 20, 2020
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Over the last few decades, Kentucky's voter turnout has hovered in the 30% range. In A Century of Votes for Women, authors Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder provide a wide range of data that shows that wasn't always the case for the Bluegrass State.

american story book
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Some of the greatest biographies of America's most important people have been written by the likes of David McCullough, Jon Meacham, Ron Chernow, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, among others. 

Sure, there are lots of biographies about America's first president. But author Alexis Coe - an historian who has appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and who has contributed to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and other publications - wanted to take a deeper dive.

and yet they persisted book
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The year 2020 will make 100 years since American women won the right to vote in U.S. presidential elections. While many thoughts of the suffragist movement gin up images of civil protests, there was much more going on in the fight for progress before 1920.

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A few decades ago, it seemed the days of independent bookstores were numbered. First came Barnes & Noble chain to crush the mom-and-pop shops. Then in 1995, Amazon's arrival led to a significant decrease in the number of independent bookstores. When Amazon launched the Kindle e-reader in 2007, it seemed likely it would deal the final blow. But the unexpected happened.

angie thomas the hate u give
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As part of a program designed to spark meaningful dialogue about the tough issues surrounding race and racism, the YWCA Greater Cincinnati is partnering with local libraries, bookstores and universities to discuss the YA fictional book by author Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give.

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Former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Mark Curnutte shares a powerful memory of attending Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill after his recovery from cancer. In the church, he is embraced as he weeps, overcome with emotion. He uses this moment to reflect on his decades of reporting in a new book Across the Color Line: Reporting 25 Years in Black Cincinnati.

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Yossi Klein Halevi emigrated from the U.S. to Israel as a young man and has become a sought-after scholar to discuss the Middle East's lone democracy.

50 faces of happy book
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Northern Kentucky University professor Banwari Mittal talked with more than 500 people across 30 states and 50 cities to find people's ideas and feelings about what it means to be happy. He posed the same five questions to each, and found a broad range of interpretations.

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As a first-time mother, journalist Dani McClain had questions about how best to provide for her young daughter. What she discovered from interviews with other women is that black motherhood is nothing short of revolutionary.

It is true that we sometimes lie.

The lies aren't always egregious or even malicious. Sometimes, they are simply "little white lies."

But why do we do it?

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The biggest headlines of 2019 overwhelmed many. On the local level, we thought we were done with the Gang of Five, and then we weren't. There were tensions over TIF districts and former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons, to name a few. On the national level, "disinformation" is the word of the year, and we can't even agree on when the decade ends. Oh - and did we mention impeachment

No wonder then the area's most circulated titles of 2019 are (mostly) escapist fun. 

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