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This story contains spoilers for “The Book of Boba Fett” Chapter 5. ____ Mando is back! The fifth chapter of “The Book of Boba Fett” — aptly titled “Return of the Mandalorian” — shifts the spotlight from Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) to Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the titular bounty hunter from “The Mandalorian.” Din, a.k.a. Mando, was last seen in the Season 2 ...

One Black academic's exploration of the South seeks to center the region as the "soul of America." "South to America" by Imani Perry; Ecco (432 pages, $28.99) ——— "Every other region can jam its fingers in its ears and shake its head and tunelessly chant, 'Not in my backyard,' but not so the South," ZZ Packer observes in her introduction to the 2008 edition of "New Stories From the South." ...

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Intricately enmeshed stories examine personal ties between families in China and the United States over the past 50 years. "Thank You, Mr. Nixon" by Gish Jen; Alfred A. Knopf (272 pages, $28) (In bookstores Feb. 1.) ——— "Thank You, Mr. Nixon," Gish Jen's first collection of short fiction in more than 20 years, is a jewel box of creativity and a joy to uncover. Across 11 synergistic stories ...

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There are bills in the U.S. Senate and House focusing on food and nutrition insecurity that will, if they become law, initiate a national discussion. That’s a great idea. The consequences of our food consumption dwarf most of our other national problems. However, this discussion will only be helpful if it addresses public health without politics. Politics tend to focus on (1) one-size-fits all ...

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I often go looking for parenting ideas that illustrate the difference between so-called “parenting” and mere child-rearing. They abound. My latest find came in the form of a 2018 article on fatherly.com by parent coach Dr. Stacy Haynes titled “I Never Say ‘No” to My Kids.” Haynes, described as offering “solutions for kid’s problems, rather than punitive punishment,” proposes that since when ...

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Will nobody but Julian Fellowes think of history’s obscenely rich and their wants and needs? With his new HBO series “The Gilded Age,” set in 1882 New York, the creator of “Downton Abbey” is bravely leading the mildewed charge back to days gone by, when robber barons papered over their exploitations with an elegant, high society-minded facade and everyone else knew their place. Truly, what ...