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Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond: The Complete Series(Gift for Game of Thrones Fan) by Myles McNutt - Book Review

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$50.00
ISBN: 9781452147321
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 5th, 2019

This book is the PERFECT salve for the GOT fan who has read all the books and has been sorely missing the televised series. It is a must-have addition to any fan’s collection, no matter the degree of obsession. Sumptuously illustrated with gorgeous Helen Sloan photographs, it is complete with battle depictions, those necessary family trees, and in-depth character profiles. Even the most die-hard super fan will gain new insight and be able to answer the hardest trivia question! ~ Reviewed by Tamba Johnson Reap


Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen - Book Review

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By Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti (Foreword by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781732273535
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Published: GoodKnight Books - April 15th, 2019

My primary question before opening this book was how substantive it was actually going to be. I'm embarrassed to admit this now because Dutch Girl is nothing if not rich with history. To learn in depth of the Dutch people's colossal suffering during the war and how significant a battle ground The Netherlands became, most specifically as regards the areas of Velp and Arnhem where Audrey and her mother and grandparents resided, is a darkly meaningful experience. The famed book and movie "A Bridge Too Far" is based on the Allied/German battle for the bridge at Arnhem.
Audrey and her family were there in the thick of it, hunkered down in their basement, all but starving to death. Audrey's various efforts of assistance to her fellow citizens and the resistance during the war and the long term effect of Audrey's teen-year survival experience on her entire life including her life-long devotion to children's humanitarian causes and her subsequent death at an early age- there is so much here for Audrey fans and history buffs alike.
Like all great histories or biographies, Matzen's work, despite its potentially narrow focus, succeeds masterfully in shining a broad light on the human experience itself. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed the Victorian Age by John Woolf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643132204
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Published: Pegasus Books - November 5th, 2019

The freak flag flew high throughout the Victorian Age: the Queen herself was enthralled by General Tom Thumb. Meanwhile, the Siamese Twins, the Bearded Lady, giants, and other unusual personages were paraded by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and carnivals, sideshows, and midways thronged with spectators. Woolf strips away the bluster to reveal authentic people trapped in alarming bodies, who ought to be remembered not as freaks, but wonders. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374214968
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

If you are a fan of the Pope of Trash, as am I, this book will be candy to you. Waters follows up his successful hitchhiking volume, with this grab bag of essays and delights. He guides us through his filmography from Polyester to A Dirty Shame, he reflects uproariously on sex, on Brutalist architecture, paintings made by monkeys. At 70 he carefully plans one last LSD trip, tells us about his realistic baby doll, and imagines a John Waters style restaurant full of the worst waiters and worse food. He’d call it Gristle. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-Of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! by Mike McPadden - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781935950233
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Published: Bazillion Points LLC - April 16th, 2019

Where were you in 1982? After American Graffiti roared into theaters, the great American teen comedy flourished in drive-ins, video stores and late night cable TV. They provided an entire remote controlled generation with much needed instruction on anatomy, collegiate pranks and sometimes even real life. This is a laugh-a-page guide to the high and low points of this now bygone genre, from the immortal Fast Times at Ridgemont High to the gonzo likes of King Frat. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250214867
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Newly released in paperback, this is a most engaging history of perhaps America's premier songwriting duo of the 20th century, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Chock full of the details of both musical geniuses' creations from their very beginnings as well as the chronology of both of their personal stories, Purdum's work is both engaging and musically astute. These are the talented icons behind the classic shows my mother lived and breathed as I was growing up and I can still see the record jackets lying on the record player; Oklahoma!, South Pacific and of course, my favorite, The Sound of Music, to name but a few. The perfect read to heighten your appreciation of this duo's brilliance before checking out this summer's local production of Oklahoma! ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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