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One Summer America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s snarky style comes through in his book, One Summer America, 1927. He makes history a lot more fun than I remembered it in school. So many things happened that year.  There was the famous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by … Continue reading

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My Man Godfrey (DVD)

Screwball comedies became popular during the depression. They usually involve a confrontation between a man and a woman that come from different social standings. The woman is ditzy and domineering, and both have quick tongues. Most have an element of … Continue reading

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North by Northwest (DVD)

This is the “page-turner” of film. Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest has it all—suspense, mystery, intrigue, humor and a great cast. Roger Thornhill, an egocentric advertising executive played by Cary Grant, has his identity mistaken for a person that does not exist.  Things … Continue reading

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Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

If you are considering a trip to Paris or just want to get a historical perspective of the “City of Light,” then Paris will fit the bill. Edward Rutherfurd brings Paris to life in a span of 700 years and 5 multigenerational families. They come from every … Continue reading

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Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag (Audiobook CD)

Tami Hoag’s audiobook Kill the Messenger listens like a Ludlum thriller. Scott Brick, actor and winner of 13 earphone awards, does an excellent job of narrating this novel, bringing to life the seedy streets of downtown Los Angeles where Jace Damon, bike messenger, … Continue reading

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Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout

Golf clubs, aero planes, and a deadly viper are all ingredients in Rex Stout’s introductory novel about the legendary detective Nero Wolfe. Fer-De-Lance was first published in 1934, and then Stout launched nearly 50 more mystery novels about the famous detective.  The … Continue reading

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

When British author Jojo Moyes was in Kansas City to discuss her latest novel, Me Before You, she stated that the premise of her book is to “find the best possible way to live life.”  She does that through Will … Continue reading

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The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Detective Carl Morck, head of Department Q, located in the basement of Copenhagen’s police headquarters returns in The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen.  This time he is going after some of Denmark’s most prestigious citizens’ who may have been involved … Continue reading

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Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

The journey that Jonathan Foer takes to Eastern Europe, specifically the Ukraine, is the story behind Everything is Illuminated: a Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.  He is searching for the woman who saved his Grandfather from the Nazis in World … Continue reading

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The Keeper of Lost Causes: the First Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Keeper of lost Causes: the First Department Q Novel has been compared to Steig Larsson.  While it is true that his book is a suspenseful mystery, takes place in a Scandinavian country, and has violence … Continue reading

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