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A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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ACCENT: 1000 FEELINGS FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO NAMES by Mario Giordano

  This is an amusing collection of disparate thoughts, all compiled into a handy guide (of sorts). Some languages have words for which there is no easy translation (see: Schadenfrude). Giordano turns this around and describes the feelings themselves. The reader …
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REVIEW: THE STEADY RUNNING OF THE HOUR by Justin Go

Admit it — at least once you have allowed yourself, for just a moment, to imagine that you are the long-lost relative and only distant heir to a massive fortune. A letter or a phone call informs you that you …
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ACCENT: SAILOR TWAIN by Mark Siegel

From the outset, this book is gripping. While the illustrations are beautiful, the story is engaging and well-told. The protagonist is a young steamboat captain named Twain. He navigates the Hudson River obsessively, all while avoiding his difficult home life. …
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REVIEW: THE NEW COLOSSUS by Marshall Goldberg

Nellie Bly is a household name in the world of undercover journalism with her game-changing expose on the Bellevue Women’s Asylum. Then she undertook a flight around the world, in a hot air balloon, in an attempt to beat the …
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COMING IN APRIL - New Titles to Watch For

  Spring showers mean rainy days ahead … which means more time for reading. Here are some new books coming out this April. And where better to start than April in Paris… LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 By …
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ACCENT: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS

This unusual book questions the reality of time and place, and our ability to ever really know what is real. It is told from the point of view of Greta Wells, the surviving twin of a brother who died too …
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ACCENT: OF INK, WIT & INTRIGUE by Susan Cooper-Bridgewater

In this fast-paced and engaging novel, Susan Cooper-Bridgewater makes easy work of Lord Rochester’s daily life. Based on the real life details of John Wilmot, who ascended to his father’s title shortly after the Restoration, the book reads like a …
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REVIEW: THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL

Those with more than a passing familiarity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are aware of his interest in the supernatural. Perhaps mostly famous is his publication of the Cottingley Fairies photographs.  Aside from theosophy, he also sought out mediums, ever …
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ACCENT: THE BIRDS AND OTHER STORIES by Daphne Du Maurier

I’m sure I’m like many people in that I’ve seen Hitchcock’s The Birds but I’d never read the story. In fairness, I’ve read plenty of of Du Maurier’s books and stories, but I sort of assumed it was a written version …
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ACCENT: THE HOTEL ON THE PLACE VENDOME

This is a must-read across the board, but especially for history enthusiasts.  It’s one of those topics that everyone has vaguely heard of but when you start delving into the details that you realize just how entangled and incredibly interesting …
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REVIEW: THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY by Maud Casey

This is my first foray into a novel by Maud Casey (The Shape of Things To Come, Geneology) and it was mind-bending. The book follows two narratives.  Albert’s inner thoughts populate one of them.  He is an ambler, a friendly …
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ACCENT: PIONEER GIRL by Bich Minh Nguyen

A quick description of this book sounds highly bizarre and unlikely to hang together.  A brother and sister are first generation Vietnamese Americans, struggling to find their own identities while respecting their mother and grandfather’s fierce loyalties to their heritage. …
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ACCENT: GARDEN OF MARVELS by Ruth Kassinger

  This is a delightful compendium of botanical discoveries — and how they’ve shaped human history.  Kassinger opens with a brief overview of how the sciences had tackled more out-of-reach topics, like constellations and orbits.  Ancient Greek attempted to understand …
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GIVEAWAY: THE MOTH AND THE SPARK

Hello readers! I have a copy of THE MOTH AND THE SPARK to giveaway.  Here is a description from the publisher: Set in the land of Caithen, a country on the brink of invasion by vicious Tyrekh, this breathtakingly imaginative …
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GIVEAWAY: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

This is certainly one of the best books I read in the past year.  It’s fresh and funny, yet somehow heartening and grounding.  Here is what I wrote about it when first released: This is the The Talented Mr. Ripley for the …
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