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Donkeys and Mules Are the Stars of This Show

This weekend’s 17th annual Donkey and Mule Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features some of the most unusual events in equine competition. Coon Hunters Jumping is one. Beginning from a dead...

Book Review: The Spirit Cabinet

. . . The Spirit Cabinet by Paul Quarrington Atlantic Monthly Press, 352 pp., $24 Treading on ground that readers of Tom Tryon’s Night Magic may find familiar, The Spirit Cabinet looks at the...

Book Review: Mistletoe Man: A China Bales Mystery

. . . Mistletoe Man: A China Bales Mystery by Susan Wittig Albert Berkeley, 296 pp., $21.95 We all know that good fences make good neighbors, but judging from Mistletoe Man, the latest herbal...

Book Review: A Book of Memories

. . . A Book of Memories by Péter Nádas translated by Ivan Sanders with Imre Goldstein Overlook Press, 720 pp., $14.95 (paper) You may think the world needs another 700-page Hungarian novel like...

Book Review: Le Mariage

. . . Le Mariage by Diane Johnson Dutton, 322 pp., $23.95 Johnson writes like a 20th-century Jane Austen, all rapt observation and wry comment. Close in tone and spirit to her bestselling Le...

Left Out in the Cold

On the morning of May 19, Honduran worker Jose Israel Lopez Guerrero, 26, was beaten to death in front of witnesses under the bridge at Springdale Road near Boggy Creek. The assailants — whom...

Room at the Inn

Dressed in a stylish black-and-white polo shirt, long, baggy shorts, and white tennis shoes, 15-year-old Rollin could pass for any American high school student. He has bright brown eyes, youthfully rounded cheeks, a charming...

Book Review: Anonymous Rex

. . . Anonymous Rex A Detective Story by Eric Garcia Villard, 276 pp., $23 Anonymous Rex leaps out of its gumshoe formula fast enough to break the genre barrier. Imagine a hard-boiled detective...