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CHICAGO — Cynthia Clampitt thinks well of the Midwest region. So much so that “Destination Heartland: A Guide to Discovering the Midwest’s Remarkable Past,” is the food and travel writer’s third book focused on the region. The Pittsburgh native who grew up in the Chicagoland area has traveled to 37 countries on six continents while following her love for the “history of everything.” “The ...

NONFICTION: A Johns Hopkins professor explores the distinct trials and triumphs of Black homeownership in Baltimore. "Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore" by Lawrence Jackson; Graywolf Press (344 pages, $17) ——— To get from beginning to end of Lawrence Jackson's "Shelter," you'll probably need the following: a detailed map of Baltimore's neighborhoods, especially the ones bordering ...

NONFICTION: Minnesota's long anti-Black history is focus of new book. "Whiteness in Plain View" by Chad Montrie; Minnesota Historical Society Press (263 pages, $19.95) ——— Lincoln Steffens was a famous muckraking journalist whose exposés on corruption in the nation's major metropolitan areas, including Minneapolis, in the early years of the 20th century were compiled in a historic work, "The ...

CHICAGO — There are a lot of books written about Chicago and why not? This is an ever-fascinating place, filled with vivid characters, interesting places and buildings, and dramatic, funny or often bloody events that have and continue to provide enough material for hundreds of novels, nonfiction works and guidebooks. Many of these Chicago books are excellent, some modestly appealing and more ...

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With three Republicans supporting her in the 50-50 split Senate, Jackson is on a glidepath to confirmation and on the brink of making history as the third Black justice and only the sixth woman in the court’s more than 200-year history. 

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