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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.

House of Names by Colm Toibin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501140211
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 9th, 2017

The thirst for revenge among the members of an heroic but rapidly dwindling family is the driving force in this literate, intrigue-filled novel that utilizes figures from Greek mythology for its central characters. Real daggers often provide a finishing touch to the work that their verbal daggers instigate. The book is a decided departure for this author and a dark and twisted treat for the reader. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Ill Will by Dan Chaon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780345476043
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 7th, 2017

A psychologist, experiencing personal problems of his own, is persuaded by one of his patients that a series of drownings involving young men is actually the work of a serial killer. So skillfully constructed to keep the reader off-balance, this literate thriller occasionally seems like trying to stand upright in a rowboat in choppy waters. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802126597
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 2017

On a sweltering August morning in 1892, the bodies of a local businessman and his wife were found in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. The hatchet murders of Andrew and Abby Borden eventually entered into the realm of legend and suspicion as to the perpetrator of the crime has always hung heavily upon Andrew Borden's youngest daughter, Lizzie. This is a fascinating, intelligent examination of the questions surrounding the grizzly murders told from the standpoints of four of the central players in the story. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631490514
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 11th, 2017

Over the course of six months, beginning in November of 2012, there were over 60 arson fires along the Eastern Seaboard in Virginia. Long on the decline economically, the fires taxed local resources to the limit and caused residents of Accomack County to live in a constant state of anxiety. No one, however, was prepared for the revelation of who was setting the blazes. This is a fascinating look at one of the worst instances of a crime that covers its own tracks in the nation's history and a perceptive journey into the twisted minds of people psychologically drawn to images of flames and destruction. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Echoes of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology resound through this beautifully written and emotionally powerful story about spirits in the graveyard where Abraham Lincoln's son, Willie, was laid to rest. The restless inhabitants observe in awe as the bereaved President visits his child. Fiercely original and almost hypnotic in its ability to cast a spell over the reader that is both mournful and joyous. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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