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Book Critiqua: ‘Daughter’ lacks flourish

In her new release, “The Baker’s Daughter”, Sarah McCoy weaves together the stories of two very different women who, in attempting to outrun their pasts, end up in El Paso, Texas. Reba Adams is a lonely journalist whose latest assignment, a Christmas feature, leads her to Elsie’s German bakery. In researching her piece, she finds a kindred spirit in the proprietress, Elsie Schmidt, whose story began six decades previous in Germany as a teenaged girl under the oppressive rule of the Third Reich.

Review: ‘Decoded’

In 2009, rapper Shawn Carter, more commonly known as Jay-Z, was a guest on the HBO talk show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The host gave the rapper a bound copy of every lyric of every song he had officially released. The book was no mere pamphlet, but a behemoth, putting a physical perspective on the copious amount of writing Jay-Z has done since his first official album, “Reasonable Doubt” (1996). Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that Jay-Z’s first published book, “Decoded,” has the flow of a well-studied author.