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Gallery in central Mexico displays a trove of folk art

ATOTONILCO, Mexico (AP) — It's been said that if you're not an artist when you first visit San Miguel de Allende, you'll certainly be one by the time you leave. Similarly, if you step into Mayer Shact...

Review: Molly Dektar takes writerly look at allure of cults

"The Ash Family" (Simon & Schuster), by Molly Dektar From the very first few pages of her debut novel about a cult, "The Ash Family," author Molly Dektar's substantial writing ch...

Tembi Locke's 'From Scratch' is a gorgeous read

"From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home" (Simon & Schuster), by Tembi Locke Not interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and ...

Book Review: Gorgeous novel explores adopting a foster child

"The Risk of Us," (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Rachel Howard With breathtaking brevity, Rachel Howard's debut novel, "The Risk of Us," illuminates the joys, challenges, fears and ...

Book Review: 'Spearhead' is a well-researched WWII tale

"Spearhead: The World War II Odyssey of an American Tank Gunner," by Adam Makos (Ballantine Books) With his two previous books, journalist Adam Makos established himself as a meticul...

Butterflies abound in mountainous Mexican winter habitat

CERRO PELÓN MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY, Mexico (AP) — As the group made its way up the rugged mountain path toward the clearing, their heavy, crunching bootsteps turned to near-silent tiptoeing, thei...

At botanical garden in Mexico, natural species blossom again

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico (AP) — Imagine a botanical garden, and acres of carefully designed, highly manicured, delicately pruned "zoos for plants" may come to mind. But at El Charco del Ingenio, ...

Courtyard gardens: a kind of paradise behind faded walls

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico (AP) — Step off the dusty cobblestone streets and peek behind nondescript, weather-worn, faded, even grimy brick facades, and encounter the startlingly beautiful courtyar...

Review: 'Frugal Traveler' is disjointed book

"Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious" (Liveright), by Seth Kugel Love travel? Love books? Love books about travel? If the preceding statements ar...

'Matchmaking for Beginners' is romantic summer read

"Matchmaking for Beginners" (Lake Union Publishing), by Maddie Dawson Just in time for summer, Maddie Dawson serves up a delightful, light-as-air romance that successfully straddles ...

Pat Conroy leaves behind fascinating glimpse into his life

"My Exaggerated Life: Pat Conroy" (The University of South Carolina Press), by Katherine Clark Anyone familiar with Pat Conroy — whether through his novels like "The Lords of Discipl...

Dark side of Vegas is revealed in 'All the Beautiful Girls'

"All the Beautiful Girls" (Ballantine), by Elizabeth J. Church After Lily's glamorous and free-spirited parents and sister are killed in a car crash, the 8-year-old moves in with her...

Review: Tom Miller's novel turns gender roles upside down

"The Philosopher's Flight" (Simon & Schuster), by Tom Miller Rarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn't loosen its...

Review: 'A False Report' is heartbreaking story about rape

"A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America" (Crown), by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong Despite its contradictory and confusing title, "A False Report: A True Story of Ra...

'The Immoralists' is sweeping family saga

"The Immortalists" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Chloe Benjamin To describe Chloe Benjamin's second novel, "The Immortalists," as a story about the evolution of a family would be true, bu...