"Germans understood themselves to be perpetrators, and a moral responsibility followed from that knowledge. White Southerners, however, chose to avoid such a reckoning by inventing a different story altogether."

THINK, WRITE, SPEAK: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters to the Editor. By Vladimir Nabokov. Edited by Brian Boyd and Anastasia Tolstoy. Knopf. 517 pages. $30.

Charleston writer R.G. Bruneau has published "The Craftsman's Crucible," an autobiographical novel about a young boy's coming-of-age journey in a family with a domineering father and emotionally detached mother. It intertwines memories of the past with current circumstances, expressing a mes…

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