A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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REVIEW: KOH-I-NOOR

Today, the Koh-i-Noor diamond is part of the crown jewels of England. Hundreds of visitors to the Tower of London see it everyday. This bit of shiny rock has an ancient, bloody past that begins long before British colonialism in India.
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Books for September

From dewy lanes at morning / The grapes' sweet odors rise; / At noon the roads all flutter / With yellow butterflies. ~ Helen Hunt Jackson
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ACCENT: THE AMBER SHADOWS

In the mid 1940s, Britain's most brilliant minds are working around the clock to break the German codes and intercepted messages. Bletchley Park was the central hive of this important work and its worker bees consisted of men and women of varied backgrounds.
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ACCENT: THE GRIP OF IT

Author Jac Jemc has spliced together the classic haunted house story with psychological, domestic suspense. The Grip of It is tight, sparse and yet deeply disturbing.
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BOOKS for August

No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass. / On either side, smitten as with a spell / Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass, / Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell / Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush. ~ “August” by Lizette Woodworth Reese
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REVIEW: THE BEDLAM STACKS

Pulley creates details with such ease that the reader quickly accepts the ethereal beauty of the deep Andean forest. And she does so while keeping one foot in the reality of colonialism, missionaries, Victorian exploration and commerce. The reader will relish slowly absorbing the magic of The Bedlam Stacks.
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REVIEW: THE STATE COUNSELLOR

Each of the Fandorin novels takes a slightly different tone, on purpose, as Akunin pays homage to the Doyle, Christie, and Fleming (Murder on the Leviathan is a take on Death on the Nile). The State Counsellor chapters alternate between spies of the dualling networks. The reader sees the push and pull and tangle from both sides.
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REVIEW: THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK

Upon Beatrice's arrival at the tea shop, she is quickly welcomed by the older women and their pet raven, Perdu. And she is equally quick to realize this will be no ordinary clerking position. Though she is not averse to magic, she has never really given it too much thought before.
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ACCENT: AMERICAN ECLIPSE

A total solar eclipse is coming on August 21, 2017. The last time America experienced one like it was 1878. In the days of the Industrial Revolution, the western expansion, and explosive empirical discovery, America was eager to show well-heeled European scientists that they too could conduct successful observations.
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Mules and Musings: Interview with Sarah Domet

Described by the New York Times as "a deft and lovely debut," Sarah Domet's The Guineveres comes out in paperback on July 11. I sat down with Sarah over some delicious bourbon mules and homemade tater tots to talk.
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Summer Solstice

Yesterday I instantly remembered that it was Midsummer Eve, my very favorite day, and lay awake looking forward to it and planning my rites on the mound. …
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It's Monday - June 19

I am absolutely relishing these long days, and dreading when we swing back around the Sun and it gets darker earlier. Even as far south as I live, there is still a hint of light at 9 p.m. and I love it.  Here is what I am reading this week.  American Eclipse by David Baron…
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ACCENT: A FEVER OF THE BLOOD

The unlikely team of Adolphus "Nine Nails" McGray and Ian Frey are on the case again. It's not perfect, but it's a strong second outing for the new novelist. 
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GIVEAWAY: THE LAKE by Lotte & Søren Hammer

Enter to win a copy of The Lake. In the new novel, the remains of a young Nigerian woman are found by a hunting dog, near a lake in Nordsjælland that the locals have nicknamed “Satan’s Bog.”
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Top Ten Tuesday: Nonfiction on my TBR

Ten Nonfiction Books That I've Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List noun | non·fic·tion | \ˌnän-ˈfik-shən\ | writing or cinema that is about facts and real events
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