Monthly Archives: August 2013

Capote: A Biography, by Gerald Clarke (2010, e-book 2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) After he published “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote was the most famous writer in America, if not the world. Its novelesque telling of a true … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart: The Biography, by Michael Mann (2013)

A Beautifully Rendered Portrait of a Wonderful Life There are few—if any—actors in the annals of American film like Jimmy Stewart. In films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Harvey,”–even his darker films, like Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” … Continue reading

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Zodiac (2007)

In Vallejo, California, July 4th, 1969, was more than a simple Independence Day. It was a door, behind which lay some incredible history for two young people like Darlene Ferrin and Mike Mageau. Woodstock would happen the following month, where … Continue reading

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All The President’s Men (1976)

Two Washington Post reporters–Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein–brought down the President of the United States. This is their story. The Watergate scandal is old hat to most Americans today. Nearly everyone knows about the bungled burglary at the Watergate office … Continue reading

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Moriarty, by Daniel Corey (story) & Anthony Diecedue, et al, (illustration) (2013)

The Dark Professor Returns (nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Sherlock Holmes has been dead for twenty years, and there’s nobody to rein in Professor James Moriarty. Can the world still be standing? The … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter (1970)

Gimme Shelter (1970) Some people have said that the Monterey Pop Festival was the beginning of the Hippie Movement, “Summer of Love,” “Era of Flower Power,” or whatever the hell you want to call it. Regardless of your chosen moniker, … Continue reading

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Raising Innocence (Rylee Adamson #3), by Shannon Mayer (2013)

Shannon Mayer’s Rylee Adamson series is like any other really good paranormal series in the same way that a Formula One car is like a Prius: they’re both good for what they are, but one is a hell of a … Continue reading

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