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Stealing Lincoln's Body

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Stealing Lincoln's Body By Thomas J. Craughwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674030398
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Published: Belknap Press - October 1st, 2008

Immaculately researched account of one of the most bizarre plots in American history -- to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln from its resting place in Springfield, Illinois and hold it for ransom. The book provides a detailed picture of the inner workings of the Secret Service during that period, as well as a not terribly sympathetic assessment of the stony temperament of the slain president's only surviving son, Robert. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Vintage Vermont Villainies

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Vintage Vermont Villainies: True Tales of Murder & Mystery from the 19th and 20th Centuries By John Stark Bellamy, II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881507492
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Published: Countryman Press - September 17th, 2007

If you have ever felt that we in Vermont have not had our fair share of tantalizing murders and mysteries, this book will set your mind to rest. Mr. Bellamy chronicles a number of examples of chronic misbehavior and unexplained disappearances amongst the Green Mountains, from the case of Bennington College student, Paula Weldon, who set off one afternoon in 1946 for a hike on the Long Trail and has never been seen again to Mary Rogers, who was summarily hanged for using her feminine charms to persuade two brothers to dispatch her husband. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

No Country for Old Men

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No Country for Old Men (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375706677
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2006

Nightmarish vision of America. Although set in the 1980s, McCarthy's story about mass murders, drug running on the Texas/Mexico border, and an ice-cold, seemingly unstoppable killer is as relevant--or perhaps even more so--today as it was 30 years ago. Dazzling in style, disturbing in content. Not for the squeamish reader. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Unaccustomed Earth

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Unaccustomed Earth (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jhumpa Lahiri Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278258
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

Eight stories told with the same precise sense for human relations that distinguished the author's Pulitzer Prize collection, Interpreter of Maladies. The individual stories are beautifully developed, giving the reader an opportunity to form an attachment to her vital, flesh and blood characters that is rare in this type of fiction. Although she often weaves an element of different--and sometimes conflicting-- cultures into her work, Ms. Lahiri's prose transcends any borders and her gift for creating spellbinding tales out of life's small vagaries is boundless. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren - Book Review

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All The King's Men By Robert Penn Warren, Noel Polk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156004800
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 1996

One of the best novels ever written about American politics, and, like all great books, it is as timely today as it was when it was first published. Warren creates an unforgettable character in Willie Stark, who rises from local non-entity to political kingpin, losing his soul along the way. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Coal Black Horse

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Coal Black Horse By Robert Olmstead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565126015
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 20th, 2008

A woman, upon learning that Stonewall Jackson has been killed, tells her 14-year-old son to find his father and bring him home from the Civil War. After a perilous journey, the boy finds the man grievously wounded on the bloody fields at Gettysburg. Unforgettable tableaux of devotion, courage, and stark horror. The story is a simple one, but its reverberations are as timeless as the winds. Gripping reading, although this novel is not for the squeamish. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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