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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. 

There is an idea, that there are five Ohios. They are not only segmented by region, but so much more. Industrial and agricultural. Urban, suburban and rural. Upper and lower income. Black and white. Looking at them together, they might just provide a better understanding for our country as a whole.

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The story of downtown Cincinnati's current revival is told alongside similar tales from other cities as told by prominent urban planner Alexander Garvin.

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Desk 88 has a storied history in the U.S. Senate, particularly for Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown.

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E-books are not just popular, they are also quite costly for local libraries to offer their patrons.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo enjoyed his time in the Cincinnati area where he shot his starring role in the upcoming film Dark Waters.

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The value of Ohio and its electoral votes are debated every four years as political pundits consider the necessary path for a presidential candidate to lay claim to the White House. But the Buckeye State is important to the rest of the country in many ways, writes author David E. Rohr.

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"What you do matters. What we do matters."

This is the simple thesis by the former Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, which he hopes to spread with his latest book It's Up To Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change

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In Brian Wray's new book Max's Box, a little boy's parents give him a box that will hold everything, including his feelings. Max fills the box until it grows so large, it gets in the way of everything he wants to do. Eventually, Max discovers a way to turn his box into something beautiful. Wray hopes his children's book is a conversation starter for children to to share their feelings with adults.

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In her new book, Debbie Harry invites you in for an in-depth and personal look at the forming of the band Blondie, her close relationships, her troubles, and her successes.

The Flea Market As Architectural Journey

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Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright may be the Midwest's (and the nation's) most famous architects, but the region has always been a fertile ground for builders master and amateur. 

Journalist Beth Macy has chronicled the origins of the opioid crisis in Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

In the new paperback edition's discussion guide, she argues again for greater emphasis on medical treatment for addicts.And she discussed President Trump, lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and other issues in an interview with The Daily Yonder, which covers rural America. For some excerpts, read on.

How to Be an Anti-Racist
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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi says there is no such thing as being "not racist." As one of the leading commentators on race in America, he argues there are only racist and antiracist ideas.

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Last check, we thought it was just Cincinnatians who were obsessed with reading James Patterson. As it turns out, Northern Kentuckians are enamored with him, too.

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The Harriet Beecher Stowe House fall discussion series returns with four all-new sessions, beginning Wednesday evening with a look at two works Stowe researched as she was writing Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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Libraries are pushing back against new e-book and e-audiobook policies by some of the biggest publishers. Companies like Macmillan and Simon & Schuster are adjusting how they sell to or allow libraries to use their content, and libraries say the new rules are bad news for patrons.

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