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Book Review: Colorful agent Sue Mengers on center stage in Hollywood bio

"Can I Go Now? The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's First Superagent" (Viking), by Brian Kellow

Movies that were brash and downbeat, mature and ambitious, even nasty and vulgar marked the New Hollywood of the late 1960s. Matching them in temperament was a new kind of talent agent, and Sue Mengers may have been the most colorful of the bunch.

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Aguilera connects with roots on Ecuador hunger relief trip

Christina Aguilera has visited Haiti, Rwanda and Guatemala on relief effort trips, but last week in Ecuador she not only offered support to struggling and hungry children — she also connected with her roots.

6 noteworthy features in Mac system update Wednesday

The name of Apple’s new Mac operating system says a lot about what to expect.

Making Coke at home? Keurig introduces ‘Kold’ machine

Making a glass of Coke at home will soon be possible, if you don’t mind paying more than $300 for a machine that sits on your kitchen countertop.

Book Review: Mindy Kaling charms her fans in 'Why Not Me?'

"Why Not Me?" (Crown Archetype), by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling may be gearing up for the fourth season of her TV show, "The Mindy Project," but that didn't deter her from writing another wildly entertaining and completely relatable book, "Why Not Me?"

Book Review: Ryan D'Agostino's 'The Rising' is compelling story

"The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town" (Crown), by Ryan D'Agostino

With time, access and superior writing and observing skills, a talented journalist can recreate a searing family tragedy that allows readers to analyze, ponder and learn from it. That's what Ryan D'Agostino has done in "The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town."

Book Review: 'Annie van Sinderen' is a can't-put-down story

"The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen" (Putnam), by Katherine Howe

To call Katherine Howe's latest novel a ghost story would be an unfair oversimplification. Yes, there's a ghost. And, yes, it's a can't-put-down story. But it's much more than a young adult novel.

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30th annual Turkey Festival brings crowd to Eldon

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Eldon as they celebrated the 30th annual Turkey Festival Saturday.

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From the Stacks: Folk magic novel is more than just a pretty cover

We’re often warned against it, but I’ll happily confess to judging books by their covers. I’ve had great success with this method, and a recent prime example is one I found on the New Books shelf in the Children’s Department at Missouri River Regional Library.

'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco is divorcing

"The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is divorcing husband Ryan Sweeting after less than two years of marriage.

Book Review: When Detroit's promise seemed boundless

"Once in a Great City: a Detroit Story" (Simon & Schuster), by David Maraniss

The city that remains synonymous with America's auto industry has a newer identity as an emblem of urban decay. Its decline is all the more tragic when one looks in the rearview mirror to see how Detroit seemed to be firing on all cylinders a half-century ago.

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Movie Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' is a value-added return visit

Some notable upgrades have been made for "Hotel Transylvania 2," the sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated vehicle that took a sizable bite out of the box office but proved to be less accommodating where the cobweb-bare script was concerned.

Book Review: 'The Courtesan' is masterful debut by Alexandra Curry

"The Courtesan" (Dutton), by Alexandra Curry

Alexandra Curry's debut novel begins with an execution. It's China in 1880 and a man is beheaded.

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Movie Review: Chilling Depp, expert ensemble in 'Black Mass'

Shakespeare had his tortured Hamlet, his ambitious Macbeth, his malevolent Iago, his warring Montagues and Capulets.

Book Review: 'Three-Nine Line' is suspenseful thriller

"The Three-Nine Line" (Permanent Press), by David Freed

David Freed's first three Cordell Logan thrillers chronicled the former combat pilot and government assassin's struggle to adjust to civilian life. But in "The Three-Nine Line," Logan returns to his comfort zone when he's recruited for a top-secret overseas assignment.

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