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Author explores family skeletons in ‘Family Tree’

On Jan. 22, 1912, three men and a woman were lynched in Hamilton, Ga.. The four, all African-American, were taken from jail cells where they were awaiting trial for allegedly having killed a local bachelor. They were marched through the night to a tree by Friendship Baptist Church and killed. It was well after dark, but the sounds of the mob, the gunfire and the screams of the victims woke children in nearby houses.

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Book review: Facing marriage with help from a squirrel

One of the great pleasures of reading Elizabeth McKenzie is that she hears the musical potential in language that others do not – in the manufactured jargon of economics, in the Latin taxonomy of the animal kingdom, even in the names of our own humble body parts (who knew about the eye’s “zonule of Zinn”?). Her dialogue has real fizz and snappity-pop. It leaves a bubbled contrail.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Jan. 31, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.

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