REVIEWED: The American Spirit

The American Spirit by David McCullough (Nonfiction/Collected Speeches, 2017). The respected winner of a fistful of major history awards, David McCullough is also something of a familiar voice from his many appearances on Public television. He’s in demand as a commemorative speaker, as well, and this relatively brief (173-page) collection of speeches he has delivered over the years […]

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REVIEWED: Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter

Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison (Biography, 2017). In this book, Matthew Dennison, a prize-winning author (his Vita Sackville-West bio was named a “Book of the Year” by the London Times), has produced a winning and moving portrait of another revered literary figure. Assisted by telling photographs, quoting […]

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REVIEWED: The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence by Bill Pronzini (Mystery/Suspense Novel, 2008). Okay, here’s another older book–though still available in various formats from Amazon (and other places). There is also at least one other, more recent book with the same title (inspired by the same George Eliot quote that leads off this one, no doubt). In any […]

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REVIEWED: Ruler of the Night

Ruler of the Night by David Morrell (Historical Mystery Novel, 2016). Not long ago, I reviewed a Christmas-themed book from a few years ago by Morrell. Now I’m back with one from only months ago. Ruler of the Night is the third in a trilogy of exciting mystery novels set in Victorian England (1855, to be exact) […]

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October 13 at the Grand Midway

Tonight’s Shangri-La Coffee Lounge got underway with the Johnny Depp version of Sleepy Hollow. Lots of discussion of the merits (or demerits, as the case may be) of the original Dukes of Hazard vs the movie version; various country and metal music artists (special attention to RUSSIAN metal bands one attendee has recently discovered), Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lit Prize […]

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