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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. 

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Longtime journalist and PR practitioner Dan Pinger is out with a new book that tells of those tawdry years in Newport. He's with our Media Beat blogger John Kiesewetter to talk about A Reporter's Memoir: When the Mob Ruled Newport.

"A Very Fiona Christmas" Is Perfect For The Holidays

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Cincinnati native and New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey has again teamed up with the Cincinnati Zoo for a holiday follow-up to the successful Fiona the Hippo children's book. He's in the studio with our Barbara Gray to talk about A Very Fiona Christmas.

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Looking for some fun, retro ways to celebrate the holidays? Then author Charles Phoenix has you covered. He's with our host, Lee Hay, to talk about his latest throw-back inspired book, Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes.

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One man defines the medical thriller genre in novels, and that's Robin Cook. He's back with a new heart-stopper, Genesis, and he spends a few minutes in conversation with our Barbara Gray.

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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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Longtime Columbus Dispatch sports columnist Bob Hunter, a Hamilton native, retired in 2016 after a storied and award-winning career. He's now assembled some of his best and favorite columns into a collection called Players, Teams, and Stadium Ghosts: Bob Hunter on Sports and he's with our John Kiesewetter to discuss how he took decades of writing and chose the entries for his book.

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Author David Baldacci is known for penning some of the most suspenseful and character-driven mysteries and thrillers, and his latest novel is no exception. The author joins Barbara Gray by phone to talk about A Minute to Midnight, featuring the return of his first female lead character, Atlee Pine.

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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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Two local poets and favorites of Around Cincinnati, Sherry Stanforth and Dick Hague, have joined forces to produce a book that celebrates the Ohio River in words and images. Barbara Gray welcomes them back to our studio to discuss Riparian: Poetry, Short Prose, and Photographs Inspired by the Ohio River.

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Local illustrator and author Will Hillenbrand has just released his latest children's book, Santa's Story, in time for the holidays. He's in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about the story and the feelings he gets when he's drawing the jolly old elf.

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Local author Randy Overbeck (Leave No Child Behind) is out with his second novel, this time delving into the world of murder mysteries/ghost stories/touch of romance stories. He joins Barbara Gray to talk about Blood on the Chesapeake, the first in his Haunted Shores Mysteries series.

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Don Tassone left the corporate world to dedicate his time to creative writing and teaching. He recently released his third collection of short stories entitled Sampler and he's with Barbara Gray to talk about his work and his fondness for the short story format.

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A.J. Ullman is a local writer, lawyer, and nurse practitioner whose latest novel is set during Cincinnati's April 2001 race riots. He's with Barbara Gray to talk about And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery Of Leah Marcus.

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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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