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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.

Titanic: Why She Collided, Why She Sank, Why She Should Never Have Sailed by Senan Molony - Book Review

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781493055494
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Published: Lyons Press - July 1st, 2021

A startling new examination of the most famous maiden voyage in history. The fact that the Titanic was technically a ship on fire was brought up at both the American and the British hearings into the disaster. The author presents a valid case that, although the blaze in the three story coal bunker was finally extinguished the day before the liner's encounter with the iceberg, the structural weakening resulting from the heat exacerbated the damage done by the ice. This is the perfect book for anyone who thinks they know everything about that night to remember. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Sea of Tranquility: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel - Book Review

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 19th, 2022

A young man travels back in time in an attempt to discover the cause of a momentary flash that has appeared to certain people in different centuries. He is strictly admonished by the Time Institute to do nothing that will alter the course of the future in any way. The punishment is being banished to one of the Far Colonies. Reading this fascinating novel is a little like finding your way through a complex maze and the light shining at the end will catch all but the most perceptive completely off guard. Very few authors could weave threads of a dystopian future, a devastating pandemic, time travel, and habitation in dome-covered worlds into a tapestry as dazzling as the one Emily St. John Mandel unfolds in Sea of Tranquility. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Catch the Sparrow: A Search for a Sister and the Truth of her Murder by Rachel Rear - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781635577235
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 1st, 2022

The rollercoaster ride that had been Stephanie Kupchynsky's life was finally beginning to level out when she vanished from her apartment near Rochester, New York in 1991. The investigation into the young woman's disappearance was compromised by a police department mired in corruption and the case was finally relegated into official limbo until two boys discovered her skeletal remains seven years later. This fascinating chronicle of her stepsister's quest to find out what happened to Stephanie, someone she had never met in life, is both a riveting, emotionally potent true crime book and a cautionary tale on the advisability of locking doors. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (Jewish Lives) by David Mikics - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780300224405
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Published: Yale University Press - August 18th, 2020

This is a comprehensive analysis of the career of a fiercely original filmmaker. Bronx-born Stanley Kubrick traveled to Great Britain to film "Lolita" in the early 1960s and never returned to live in America. He was an expensively meticulous director whose insistence on retaining absolute control over his various projects sent chills through studio executives, but the films captivated the movie going public. His films were, in some ways, as complex as the maze where Jack Nicholson met his fate at the end of "The Shining," but a Kubrick film always is as much an experience as it is an entertainment. This fascinating examination of the facets of his life that influenced his art helps to unravel some of the mystery. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635577884
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 14th, 2021

This intriguing novel is based on one of the most fascinating of the personal stories that emerged from the Titanic tragedy. Edmond and Michel Marcel Navratil were two young children caught up in the maelstrom of their parents' divorce. After French courts awarded custody to their mother, their vindictive father kidnapped the two toddlers with the intention of taking the boys to America. He knew that his frantic ex-wife would notify authorities, so he booked passage, using an assumed name, on the doomed White Star ship. The author seamlessly blends fiction with history, creating a compelling narrative that draws the reader closer and closer to icebergs both real and metaphorical. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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