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Showtime!

Here are the latest DVDs for those seeking entertainment for the holiday weekend. “The Snowman” is a gritty crime novel based on a story by Jo Nesbo.   “Tulip Fever”, a painter falls in love with the married woman whose portrait … Continue reading

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Fault lines

 “The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantu is a border guard’s impressions on the hard realities of policing the frontier between the US and Mexico.  “South and West” by Joan Didion recounts her impressions from her travel notebooks  In … Continue reading

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Inside history II

A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharris offers a reappraisal of the civil rights movement, adding depth and nuance to the familiar outline presented in PBS documentaries and films like Selma.  We learn that Rosa Parks not simply … Continue reading

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Inside history

The broad outlines of the Holocaust are generally known, but these two books offer a deeper understanding.    Anatomy of a Genocide by Omer Barton shows how mass killing can take root among neighbors.  The village of Buczacz  in western Ukraine … Continue reading

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Spy versus Spy

In Need to Know by Karen Cleveland, CIA analyst CIA analyst Vivian Miller Vivian and her team is working to crack a system used Russian sleeper agents used to keep in contact.  As she navigates through the hacked computer of … Continue reading

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Twisted thrillers

These two twisted debuts will be sure to keep you guessing.   In The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, a psychologist gripped by a crippling agoraphobia hasn’t left her Manhattan townhouse in more than 11 months. When she’s … Continue reading

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Two Virginians

    Michael Korda (“Alone”) has written a life of Robert E, lee, “Clouds of Glory” which is equally as “approachable and captivating”.  Lee’s image, based on audacity in battle and honor in defeat, has been suffered of late. Korda threads a … Continue reading

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