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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 Black Hand by Stephan Talty - Book Review

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The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544633384
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 25th, 2017

At the beginning of the 20th century, Italians in New York City, many of them recently arrived immigrants, were terrorized, extorted, and oftentimes murdered by an illusive criminal organization known as the Black Hand. Joseph Petrosino was one of the very few law enforcement officials who possessed the courage to confront the deadly menace. This is the true story of one man's determination to help his adopted country and restore honor to the name of the people of his ancestry. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812989403
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Published: Random House - April 25th, 2017

Ms. Strout offers a series of vignettes to acquaint her readers with the inhabitants of the small town of Amgash, Illinois, a construct she utilized to equal success in Olive Kitteridge. One of the people who escaped the soul-deadening pall of the area was Lucy Barton, a renowned writer whose emotionally potent reunion with her estranged mother formed the backbone of the author's previous novel. Lucy returns to visit her reclusive brother, although her journey back to Amgash is like walking across a fallow field strewn with the land mines of failed relationships, deprivation, and disappointment. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe - Book Review

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The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062416124
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 24th, 2017

The author was a reporter in Poughkeepsie, New York when a young man was finally apprehended for the murders of eight prostitutes in the area. Kendall Francois stashed the bodies in the attic of his parents home. In circumstances reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs, Ms. Rowe attempted to pry details of his life and crimes out of the unrepentant killer. He agreed only if she would divulge personal facets of her own life. A chilling -- and oddly moving -- journey into obsession and madness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel - Book Review

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High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620409480
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 21st, 2017

Director Fred Zinnemann's tense western was made during one of the most tumultuous times in Hollywood history. This is a chilling chronicle of the impact that anti-communist witch hunts had on the entertainment business in general and on individuals associated with "High Noon" in particular. Distinguished careers vanished overnight as studio heads bowed to the pressure applied by politicians drunk with their own power. Very few people suffered more unjustly than the film's writer, Carl Foreman. Some of the elements that made this period one of the nation's most perilous seem to be ominously reasserting themselves today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Bellevue by David Oshinsky - Book Review

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Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385523363
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Published: Doubleday Books - November 15th, 2016

The story of New York's premiere public hospital.mirrors the tumultuous history of the city in which it is located. Bellevue has never turned away a patient and its physicians and scientists have often been at the forefront of medical research. Battered by political maneuvering and vulnerable to changing times, the hospital has endured as a symbol of mankind's capacity for compassion and care. A fascinating -- oftentimes thrilling -- book that is eminently worthy of its subject. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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