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Where the game is always afoot for Sherlock lovers

Linda and Wolf Hein turned the space above their Jackson bookstore into a living ode to Sherlock Holmes. Called Baker Street West, the complex of eight Victorian shops and furnished rooms hosts all sorts of Sherlockian-inspired adventures and escapes.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 15, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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The big one is coming to California, seismologist Lucy Jones says cheerfully

"I'm an inherent optimist," says earthquake expert Lucy Jones. Sitting in her bright, tidy office at Caltech, the world-renowned seismologist does not betray a shred of irony at this admission, despite how surprising it may seem coming from a woman who asserts in no uncertain terms that Southern California is headed for a devastating magnitude 7.5 to 8.2 earthquake – it's only a matter of time, she says.

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Love blooms for Little Free Libraries

Yes, walkers might pass the occasional Little Free Library that's stuffed with junk – old religious tracts, sad coverless paperbacks, Readers Digest Condensed Books from 1957. But those aren't the norm.

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Magic or miracle? Jonathan Miles' new book explores the concepts of war and redemption

After returning home to Biloxi, Miss., a veteran paraplegic, Cameron Harris – who is suffering from a horrific event in Afghanistan – lost everything. Living with his sister, Tanya, he spends a lot of time drinking, remorsefully ruminating about having to navigate the world in a new wheelchair. From the death of his mother, to war and devastating damage from the hurricane, Cameron has suffered his fair share of tragedy and disaster until one day, while waiting for Tanya in the convenience store parking lot, he just stands up and starts to walk without assistance. Was it a miracle, or was there a medical explanation?

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Book review: 'Islandborn,' Junot Diaz's first kids' book is a vivid celebration of Caribbean heritage

Parents need to know that "Islandborn" is by Junot Diaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," a novel for adults. This is his first book for kids. Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic, illustrator Leo Espinosa was born in Colombia, and this story's about Lola, who comes from "the Island," though she left when she was a baby, so has no memories of her country of birth. She asks family members and neighbors to tell her what they remember, and one neighbor tells her about a period when "a monster fell upon our poor island," a reference to dictator Rafael Trujillo, though he's never named. The school kids and families pictured are widely diverse, and the book is being published simultaneously in Spanish, under the title "Lola."

Halifu Osumare reads from her memoir "Dancing in Blackness"

Halifu Osumare, of Sacramento, Calif., performs a reading of her newly released memoir, "Dancing in Blackness." She is a celebrated dancer, academic and social activist.
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