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Literary Las Vegas: Rick Ainsworth

Rick Ainsworth, author of “Thunder and Storm: The Haverfield Incident” and “Murder on Pratas Reef,” is back with “American Dictator: Changing of the Guard,” the first of a three-volume political thriller series.

Literary Las Vegas: Frances Richards

Las Vegas author Frances Richards feels that explaining differences and skin color to children can be challenging. That’s part of why she wrote the book “Hey Little Girl, She’s Got Swirl.”

Prepare to tear up with book about pups

Here’s fair warning: If your family has ever loved a dog, it’s going to be really hard not to get teary while reading this book to your child. Very hard. And yet, you’ll smile through your tears.

Literary Las Vegas: Vince Antonucci

Vince Antonucci is the founder of Verve, an innovative Las Vegas church that strives to welcome all and love the sinner even if it doesn’t love the sin. In his book, “God for the Rest of Us,” he talks about why he and his supporters defied the “Who Will Jesus Destroy” evangelists on Fremont Street by handing out fliers that asserted, “The truth is that God loves … homosexuals, gamblers, strippers, abortionists, prostitutes, addicts, and you.”

Kids can take an armchair trip with ‘National Parks Guide U.S.A.’

A hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt “made it his mission” to preserve as much natural land as possible, “so thatfuture generations could enjoy” it. So what’s your family interested in seeing this summer? Do you like history or hiking?Swimming or soldiers? Animals or American statues? You’ll find them all in parks — and you’ll find them in this book.