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When the Light Goes

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When the Light Goes: A Novel By Larry McMurtry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416534273
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 18th, 2008

McMurtry's characters, introduced to readers in The Last Picture Show, are considerably older but no less quirky, memorable, or original. Duane Moore, who has pretty much retired from the oil business, is now a widower. He prefers to live in solitude in a remote cabin rather than amongst his colorful family, each member of whom is going through his or her own personal trauma. In addition to his wife, Duane is also quietly mourning the loss of female companionship. After being told of the necessity for a triple bypass operation, he could hardly anticipate the twelve hours of sexual abandon that he spends with his psychiatrist, who has been devastated by the sudden death of her own lover. By turns raunchy and bittersweetly touching, When the Light Goes is blessed with its author's fine sense of place. One can almost feel the Texas sun beating down and taste the dust in the air. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Obscene in the Extreme

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Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath By Rick Wartzman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781586487676
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 1st, 2009

A gripping account of the furor that surrounded the publication of Steinbeck's towering novel about the Great Depression. The book was especially denounced in Kern County, California, a pivotal setting in the novel, where officials tried to ban the book from the public libraries, igniting a firestorm of controversy that stretched across the country.  ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Fine Just the Way It Is

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Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3 By Annie Proulx Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416571674
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2009

Ms. Proulx's unerring sense of place -- of being able to summon up a tangible landscape on the printed page -- is very much in evidence in this collection of stories. Existing in an unforgiving terrain, her vibrant characters possess an indomitable spirit and a refusal to capitulate to the ravages of time and of life. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo - Book Review

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Bridge of Sighs: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Richard Russo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400030903
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2008

Three members of the Lynch family struggle to make a success out of a corner grocery store against might odds. Russo creates an unforgettable tableau of small town manners and mores. MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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