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Polka, Zydeco, and Italian treacle: if this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by this entertaining history of that robust instrument's odyssey across the American musical landscape. Herself an accordionist, Marion Jacobson exhibits a music-lover's passion along with her in-depth scholarly knowledge of the instrument's rise, fall, and contemporary renaissance.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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