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Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

I admit that I like my non-fiction to “read like fiction”.   I want a story that captures my imagination with facts and fascinating characters.    I want to learn something big about the subject……. and I want it to be entertaining. That is a tall order, I know.  Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  is all that and more. What ... Read More »

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge . . . 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is all the rage ; the ... Read More »

From the Recommended Reading Shelf

Andalucian Friend

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Sōderberg Breaking her personal code to date a charming patient, Sophie Brinkmann discovers that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter ... Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

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I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »

Recommended Reading

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The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window of the nursing home. So begins an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, an elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.   And the Mountains Echoed ... Read More »

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

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Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough ... Read More »

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe, ... Read More »

Murder and Mayhem

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   Murder in the Palais Royal  is set in Paris of the 1990s  and features Aimée Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security.                         First in the series: Murder in the Marias    Drawing Conclusions by Dona Leon is set in Venice and features Commisario Guido Brunetti along with Sergente Vianello and the well-connected Signorina Elettra. First in the series: Death at La ... Read More »