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Alden Graves - Bookseller, Movie & Music Buyer in Manchester

A native Vermonter, Alden works in the music department at the Northshire. He is also in charge of the DVDs and tries very hard to have titles that customers might not readily find elsewhere. He loves film, especially ones that have either trains or Elizabeth Taylor in them. Alden contributes a weekly column on the movies to the Bennington Banner. His other interests include shipwrecks, Jack the Ripper, Peggy Lee, and real country music. Other staff members at the Northshire are very tolerant as he rambles on about the Andrea Doria and they probably know a lot more about the Ripper than they ever thought they would.

The Force by Don Winslow - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062664419
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 20th, 2017

The precipitous fall of a member of an elite New York City detective unit is chronicled in this gritty - and occasionally brutal - crime novel. The easy money and the temptations provided by the drug trade finally submerge Sgt. Denny Malone in a swamp of corruption and murder, first compromising and then destroying everything he stood for when he became a cop. A thrilling journey into an urban heart of darkness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero by Nancy Schoenberger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385534857
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 24th, 2017

The long, productive, and extremely complex relationship between an iconic movie star and a legendary director. John Ford carefully molded the image of John Wayne. It was a transformation willingly embraced by the actor, but Wayne, like many of the people who worked for Ford, endured the director's scorn and deliberate cruelty. This is a meticulous examination of a tortured soul and his adoring acolyte who, through the course of 14 films, both defined and celebrated the role of masculinity in American film. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316506861
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Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

Most people conjure up images of fog when they think of London. Jack the Ripper haunted its foggy, gas-lit streets in 1888. In 1952, while another serial murderer was loose in the city, the fog itself became a killer. Thousands of vulnerable people succumbed to the thick, yellowish smog that lingered for days, trapping people in their homes, providing cover for criminal activities, and instigating a public outcry over the government's promotion of toxic, cheap coal. This is a fascinating look at a little known -- and little reported catastrophe. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062313119
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 3rd, 2017

Ella May has never had much of anything. She labors long hours in a textile mill in North Carolina trying to feed her four young children on $9 a week. Ella finds herself something of a local celebrity when she sings one of her songs at a meeting of workers hoping to form a union. Written in a beautifully evocative prose, this novel about bigotry and labor unrest in the 1930s exerts a powerful impact that pulls the reader into the vortex of the struggle for social justice. It deserves to assume a place of honor in the canon of great Southern literature. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780871407696
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

The first account by an historian of the tragic Donner Party saga. In April of 1846, encouraged by their belief in Manifest Destiny, a group of pioneers led by George Donner and James Reed left Springfield, Illinois bound for a better life in California. It was late in the year to begin the arduous trek, but the prospect of being hampered by blizzards in the Sierra Nevada mountains didn't deter them. The ensuing horror when the group found itself trapped by snow that reached a depth of 22 feet has entered into the realm of American legend. Mr. Wallis separates the facts from the sensational stories. His book is as much a tribute to human endurance as it is a cautionary tale about careless folly. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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