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Bang for Rabobank

Rabobank is forcing its customers to complaints about pulling the interest rate swap and hold thus SMEs in its grip Lawyer Peter Lijesen shall ZEMBLA Rabobank puts its customers under pressure when they complain about their problems with their swap: “With customers that have to do with a lump sum ...

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Debut books by Asali Solomon, Elliot Ackerman, John Benditt

Disgruntled By Asali Solomon (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 285 pages; $26) We meet Kenya Curtis, the protagonist in Asali Solomon’s sharp and often funny first novel, as an 8-year-old being raised in a “UNICEF poster-African wood sculpture-exotic incense smelling” home in West Philadelphia. It is the late ’80s, and to ...

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'Glow,’ by Ned Beauman

What distinguishes a novel from a designer drug? Words alone, in the case of British writer Ned Beauman’s third book, “Glow.” Readers of Beauman’s previous novel, “The Teleportation Accident” may anticipate a more disciplined performance, line by line, than “Glow” offers. But this epically digressive saga follows Raf, a young ...

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Review: 'The Partnership,’ by Pamela Katz

For devotees of cultural history, Central Europe between 1890 and 1940 offers unparalleled opportunities for study. The German and Austrian empires, Europe’s last two hierarchical societies, fractured under the twin pressures of populist politics and industrial capitalism, moving from monarchy to democracy to fascism. Artists and intellectuals responded viscerally yet ...

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'Powerhouse,’ by Steve LeVine

Scientists struggling to devise a better battery aren’t obvious sources of drama. Few pursuits, however, have as much potential to change the world, a point Steve LeVine makes vividly clear in his new book, “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World.” LeVine follows teams of ...

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'The Beautiful Unseen,’ by Kyle Boelte

One December afternoon in 1994, Kyle Boelte came home from school and sat down in front of the TV set with his usual glass of milk to watch “Saved by the Bell.” It was the last day of classes before winter break, and Christmas was just a week away. The ...

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'Fifty Shades’ — it’s not great, but it has something

To see “Fifty Shades of Grey” is to realize that movies could really use more sex scenes directed by women. Women know how to take their time. As directed Sam Taylor-Johnson, those bedroom and playroom interludes are as erotic as any reader of E. L. James’ novel might hope them ...

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Texas prosecutor writes Paris-based mystery series

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Mark Pryor was inspired by a bookseller as he was strolling along the famed Seine River in Paris with his wife. “For some reason, my mind just thought: ‘How quaint. How can I make this deadly?'” said Pryor, who works as a prosecutor in Austin. “I ...

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'Our Only World' reflects on people and the environment

“Our Only World” (Counterpoint), by Wendell Berry The 10 essays in “Our Only World” convey outrage over environmental and community ruin while also expressing hope that the very species that inflicted such harm is capable of doing better. Stern but compassionate, author Wendell Berry raises broader issues that environmentalists rarely ...

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2 big TV stars with opposite fates departing their shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart and Brian Williams were mirror images of each other in an era when the nature of TV news, like the people who present it, has increasingly been muddled. And on Tuesday, the career of each of these big-time TV stars — a fake news ...

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