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LOS ANGELES — Janelle Monáe’s gender-identity journey is continuing, with the queer multitalented artist coming out publicly this week as nonbinary. And what are Monáe’s pronouns, you might ask? “My pronouns are free-ass motherf— and they/them, her/she,” the performer and newly minted author told The Times in a feature published Thursday ahead of her appearance at the Los Angeles Times ...

FICTION: Aamina Ahmad's debut novel, "The Return of Faraz Ali," is a bold examination of the legacy of hereditary prostitution in Lahore's red light district. "The Return of Faraz Ali" by Aamina Ahmad; Riverhead (352 pages, $27) ——— Partway through "The Return of Faraz Ali," Faraz, a married police inspector investigating the murder of a 15-year-old dancing girl named Sonia in the red light ...

CHICAGO — As I left Amazon Books on Southport Avenue for the last time — it’s closing March 19, after sitting there for five years, cold and vague, an enigmatic cultural artifact, never loved, requested or wished for — I stood on the sidewalk, took notes, and a woman in a Lululemon zip-up asked me what I was writing. I said, this Amazon Books, it’s closing. She cackled. “No! Boo-hoo! Jeff ...

Sindya Bhanoo illuminates the inner lives of women in India and America in this winning debut collection. "Seeking Fortune Elsewhere: Stories" by Sindya Bhanoo; Catapult (240 pages, $26) ——— Yearning drives the characters in Sindya Bhanoo's elegant, sensitive debut collection "Seeking Fortune Elsewhere." The characters long for appreciation, absent loved ones, the customs of yesteryear, or the ...

The near extinction and amazing recovery of our national symbol. "The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird" by Jack E. Davis; W.W. Norton (464 pages, $29.95) ——— Today the soaring bald eagle, wings expanded, white head gleaming, is a frequent sight along America's lakes, streams and beaches. The eagle's skill in hunting, its fidelity to its mate and its devotion to its ...

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