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Like “Ted Lasso,” this comedy is anchored by a known star (America Ferrera), but it’s the deep roster of secondary characters and their relationships that add comedic depth and poignance. In this case, the action takes place in a big-box store in the Midwest. 

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Before his Ku Klux Klan-promoting film “Birth of a Nation” (1915), D.W. Griffith codified Mexican characters and themes that persist today. The reprobate father. The saintly mother. The wayward son. And especially the “greaser,” often with white actors darkening their skin to play either thieves and rapists or doomed souls whose noble nature cannot be rewarded because they’re, well, Mexicans. Griffith’s “The Greaser’s Gauntlet” (1908) was the first to use the slur in its title.

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This classic features an unforgettable figure who, though not the main character, dominates this novel: Miss Haversham, the jilted bride who sits day after day in her fruitless wedding dress, unable to move on from her distressing past.

DON'T MISS: "56th Academy of Country Music Awards" — Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton are our hosts for this year's festivities in Nashville, Tennessee. Once again, the show will originate from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe, and will feature performances from more than 25 of the genre's biggest stars. As for the prizes, ...

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When a dog is rescued from his abusive owner and protected by his new family, an instant bond forms. Despite the fact that the new owners are now exposed to Shiloh’s former owner’s wrath, they protect their beloved new pet like only the most devoted owners could.

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A sequel to Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Sympathizer,” this new book follows the main character — an unnamed, conflicted spy — as he arrives in 1980s Paris with his brother. Grove, March 2

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