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By Jack Fuller (Unbridled Books, $24.95)

Rise, ruin, redemption: That is the motif of the classic American novel. Fuller nails his with Abbeville and protagonist George Bailey, whose wonderful life gets flattened in the dot-com bust. Seeking answers, he returns home to explore his grandfather's ruinous Depression-era fall and subsequent rebirth. Vivid writing and colorful characters make this a trip you won't want to end.

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