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Parental caution advised with Josephine Baker book

Few know the truth about Josephine Baker’s life. Author Peggy Caravantes admits that she “struggled” in researching this memoir — and that admission, right from the beginning, sets the tone of “The Many Faces of Josephine Baker.”

True crime tale shared in ‘Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis’

When teenager Alice Mitchell met slightly younger Freda Ward at the Higbee School for Young Ladies in Memphis, nobody was surprised that they became close. In the 1890s, it was common for “proper American women” to enjoy friendships with other women that included sleepovers and deeply affectionate gestures. In Memphis, they called it “chumming,” and it was perfectly normal. But Alice and Freda took their friendship further: They fell in love.

Puppy’s presents can be mischievous in book

You’re going to love what’s beneath your tree this year … mostly. In the new book “My Puppy Gave to Me” by Cheryl Dannenbring, illustrated by Cynthia Kremsner, there are some presents you can probably live without.

‘M is for Monster’ may result in nightmares for younger readers

You probably wouldn’t think that an alphabet book could be for older kids but “M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley definitely is. Small, sensitive children may run, screaming, into a bedtime full of nightmares after they see what’s inside this book. The artwork is incredible but it works its magic entirely too well for little ones.