Saluting Marvin Kaplan

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[slideshow_deploy id='1184']Half a century ago, the country was embroiled in civil rights conflicts, a war in Asia, and mourning the loss of a president. When released in the midst of this social turmoil in 1963, Stanley Kramer’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, … [Read more...]

The descriptive narrative frame of reference

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When you read a novel what you are actually doing is building mental pictures in your mind as to what the book is about.  You actually started to develop this ability when Mother or Father would read picture-books to you at bed time, showing you the … [Read more...]

Summer Reads from Bookworm Sez

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You made your reservations months ago. This was a vacation you’ve been planning for… well, it seems like forever. One of those once-in-a-lifetime trips is what you’ve always dreamed about, and you’ve bought all new clothes and even a new suitcase … [Read more...]

The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression

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“The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression” by John F. Kasson c.2014, W.W. Norton $27.95 / $32.50 Canada 308 pages Staying upright. That’s what you learned when you were a year old: being vertical and walking. You mastered … [Read more...]

Mistakes I Made at Work

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“Mistakes I Made at Work” edited by Jessica Bacal c.2014, Plume $16.00 / $18.00 Canada 252 pages   Everybody knows what you did. It didn’t take long for word to get around, actually; you can tell by the smirks and the lack of … [Read more...]

Glorious

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“Glorious” by Jeff Guinn c.2014, Putnam                                   $26.95 / $31.00 Canada                      407 pages Everybody deserves a second start. You’d never begrudge a down-on-his-luck fellow a new lease on life. It’s his … [Read more...]

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style

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“The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style” by Nelson George c.2014, William Morrow $27.99 / $34.99 Canada 256 pages They should have called you Super-Fly. Yep, that’s what you were, dancing in front of … [Read more...]

Stone Cold

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“Stone Cold” by C.J. Box c.2014, Putnam $26.95 / $31.00 Canada 371 pages Sometimes, you just can’t fit in. You stick out like a sore thumb, totally unable to melt into the crowd. You feel like you have a neon sign across your shoulders; one … [Read more...]

A Wanted Woman

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“A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey c.2014, Dutton $26.95 / $31.00 Canada 451 pages If there’s one thing you’ve learned in life, it’s that the Boy Scouts were right: Always Be Prepared. Look ahead and get ready for what’s next. Don’t … [Read more...]

Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day

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“Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” by Sam Bennett c.2014, New World Library $15.95 / $19.95 Canada 219 pages You’re hoping someone has a match. That’s because you need a fire lit under your tail. … [Read more...]