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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.

Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

Instead of vowing vengeance after their beloved daughters are killed, two men, one an Israeli and the other a Palestinian, work to bring their wounded nations together. This is a powerful examination of a seemingly unquenchable conflagration, fueled by mistrust and hatred, that has consumed the peace and wellbeing of the people who live in its path. Unsparing in its commitment to bring the carnage into vivid relief for the reader, this novel is also an eloquent plea for the immeasurable value of simply putting the weapons aside and talking to one another. McCann has utilized a strikingly original concept, enriching his book with historical tributaries that give the central story a sad, tragic,and ultimately uplifting ring of truth. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel by Kevin Barry - Book Review

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385540315
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Published: Doubleday - September 17th, 2019

Charlie and Maurice, two aging criminals whose friendship has managed to survive interludes of mutual betrayal and physical assaults, recall their tumultuous lives while they wait for Maurice's estranged daughter to either arrive at or depart from a ferry terminal in Algeciras, Spain. The dingy surroundings are fitting for the prevalent mood of sadness and regret for lives not so much dangerously lived as ultimately squandered. A startlingly original concept that succeeds on every level, allowing the reader access into the souls of two lost people. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

Jean McConville was "disappeared" from her modest apartment in Belfast in December of 1972. Recently widowed, she left ten children to fend for themselves at a time when what was euphemistically called the "Troubles" turned Northern Ireland into a virtual war zone. Keefe has written a meticulously researched history of the bloody conflict between England, a country that seems particularly slow to recognize when it has worn out its welcome, and ferociously dedicated members of the IRA, who are determined to drive the British out. Cruelty, brutality, and murder was prevalent on both sides, leaving scars across the tortured land that still fester today. This is a brilliant book about a very dark interlude in human history when, literally, the only way to survive was to say nothing. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel by Olga Tokarczuk - Book Review

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

A woman, living blissfully alone in a mountainous, remote part of Poland, purports that a string of sudden deaths in the area is the deliberate work of animals getting even with mankind for the abuses they have suffered. She bolsters her conclusion by pointing out to anyone who will listen that the planets were aligned to predict the demise of the victims. Local skepticism is palpable. Despite the rather grim title, this novel by a recent recipient of the Nobel Prize, is uplifting and delightful and the lady with the unique perspective on crime is one of the most endearing characters in contemporary literature. I loved every snow-swept moment. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Abstainer: A Novel by Ian McGuire - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593133873
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Published: Random House - April 28th, 2020

Stephen Doyle is a veteran of the American Civil War. His single-minded ruthlessness makes him the perfect person to hire to avenge the execution of three members of the Fenian Brotherhood, an organization determined to drive the British out of Ireland. James O'Connor is the Head Constable in Manchester. Recently transferred from Dublin, he is a man haunted by the loss of his wife and battling a constant urge to return to the mind-numbing comfort of alcohol. Both men, in very different ways, are driven by obsessions; one to make sure a terrible revenge is exacted, the other to stop him. This dark and mesmerizing novel, with its deeply flawed, brilliantly drawn protagonists, is as compulsively readable as the author's previous work, The North Water, and there is hardly any higher praise. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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