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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 Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316449236
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

The brutal killing of two young women on their way to a festival in West Virginia called the Rainbow Gathering haunted the mountains and hollows of Pocahontas County for decades. Most people thought the murders had been committed by a bunch of raucous local men. Even as the months dragged into years, a police officer and a local lawyer were determined to break through the wall of silence and fear and find justice for the two victims. The author lived in West Virginia, where she helped to bring literacy and guidance into one of the most poverty stricken states in the country. She acquired a unique perspective into its insular social structure. This is a taut true crime story with a surprising resolution. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Greenwood: A Novel by Michael Christie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984822000
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Published: Hogarth - February 25th, 2020

This majestic, century-spanning novel is largely told from the viewpoint of Harris and Everett Greenwood, who were thought to be brothers after the boys were discovered by rescuers combing through the wreckage of two passenger trains. Though the bond between them was not instilled by blood, their impact upon each other would reverberate throughout their lives. Harris used his business acumen to become a prominent lumber baron in Canada while Everett led a shiftless, nomadic life until he came upon a baby left in a vast forest by her dying mother. The decline of Harris Greenwood's fortune is counterpointed by the growing awareness in the world of the irreplaceable value of our natural resources; personified by his granddaughter's commitment to protecting the environment. In this rousing, engrossing saga of a dynamic family, the author has quietly woven a warning to us all. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Innocents: A Novel by Michael Crummey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385545426
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Published: Doubleday - November 12th, 2019

A brother and sister are left to fend for themselves on the rugged shoreline of northern Newfoundland after the deaths of their baby sister, mother, and father. The knowledge the two children have of how to survive in this unforgiving terrain has been imparted in meager portions by their parents. Their only regular contact with the outside world is the annual arrival of a ship, ironically called The Hope, which provides them with enough supplies to barely survive another brutal winter in return for their catch of fish. The author's prose is as stark and vibrant as the landscape in which this remarkable story of determination and endurance is set. This is easily one of the year's best novels. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel by Anne Tyler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Micah Mortimer leads a perfectly self-contained life. He has a flawless driving record, a comfortable relationship with a woman friend, operates his own small business, and maintains a cordially distant rapport with the tenants in his Baltimore apartment building. The placid water that Micah has sailed upon for so long starts to ripple when a young man shows up claiming to be his son, the offspring from a college romance that Micah recalls as being disappointingly chaste. Once again, Tyler demonstrates her mastery at capturing in prose the hopes, the flaws, and the spirit of ordinary people and presenting them in such a way that her characters' small triumphs become a cause for celebration for her readers. No other contemporary American author does it quite so effortlessly. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Real Lolita: A Lost Girl, an Unthinkable Crime, and a Scandalous Masterpiece by Sarah Weinman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062661937
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Published: Ecco - September 10th, 2019

Eleven-year-old Sally Horner disappeared from her home in Camden, New Jersey in 1948, lured away by a man posing as an FBI agent who threatened her with arrest if she didn't do what he said. Nearly two years later, an observant woman in a California trailer park decided to voice her doubts about the strange man—and the girl claiming to be his daughter—to the police. Vladimir Nabokov was adamant that the Horner case didn't influence his groundbreaking masterpiece, Lolita, but Weinman painstakingly traces the similarities between the now forgotten abduction and the notorious novel. A fascinating, disturbing book. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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