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Unearthing whiskey’s women

A conversation with bourbon expert Fred Minnick, whose new book details women’s role in Kentucky’s signature spirit

Fred Minnick, clad in a blazer and signature ascot, holds up the glass of bourbon and peers through it.

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Book: James McBride — The Mark Twain of our times

‘The Good Lord Bird’
By James McBride. Riverhead Books; 417 pgs., $27.95.

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Book: Under a sci-fi spell

Once again, Neil Gaiman strikes a chord

‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’
By Neil Gaiman. William Morrow; 192 pgs., $25.99.

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Book: Figure out your mind

Psychology and Sherlock Holmes come to Idea Festival

‘Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes’
By Maria Konnikova. Viking; 288 pgs., $26.95.

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Book: The doctor behind the Clinton diet

It’s not every day that an octogenarian rock star comes to town, but this week’s visit from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is big news in certain circles.

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Book: Sue Grafton — Ongoing success no mystery for the ‘Alphabet Lady’

Private investigator Kinsey Millhone represents that most reliable of brands to the mystery reader.

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Book: ‘Turf Wars’ takes on Louisville and lawn-mowing

‘Turf Wars’
By R. Barker Price. E.T. Hutchings Co.; 307 pgs., $11.95.

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Book: We want more, Questlove!

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

‘Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove’

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Culture: Man of ‘Man of God’

Jon Swinney dives into the comic-book world

Jon Swinney always had dreams of working in the comic-book industry, and it seems he is rapidly making that dream come true.

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Book: The talented Mr. Thomas

‘The Black Russian’
By Vladimir Alexandrov. Atlantic Monthly Press; 304 pgs., $25.