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Too Late to Say Goodbye

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Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal By Ann Rule Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780743460514
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Published: Pocket Books - November 20th, 2007

Ms. Rule writes the mesmerizing true story of Dr. Bart Corbin, a manipulative, money-obsessed dentist, who murders his wife when she makes an attempt to flee her stifling, verbally abusive spouse. Rule details the painstaking efforts on the parts of law enforcement officials in two Georgia counties to bring Corbin to justice. As they delve deeper into the case, they discover that another woman involved in a relationship with Corbin died under similarly suspicious circumstances. A chilling portrait of a heartless killer so emersed in himself that he doesn't even return to his home to comfort his two young sons, whom he left to discover their mother's body. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Hollywood Beauty

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Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream By Ronald L. Davis Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780806133300
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - April 15th, 2001

Concise biography of one of the most luminous stars of the 1940s. Driven by an ambitious mother into a career that she was emotionally unprepared for, Linda Darnell eventually became a major actress at 20th Century Fox studios. The book chronicles her many failed marriages, her battle with alcohol, and a system that, she believed, brutally exploited her. A fascinating, if disturbing, account of the nightmare aspects of fame. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Sportswriter

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The Sportswriter: Bascombe Trilogy (1) By Richard Ford Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679762102
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 1995

There is a great discrepancy between the way Frank Bascombe envisioned his life and the way it turned out. While that hardly makes him unique among the characters of contemporary fiction, Richard Ford's hero clings to the remnants of his dreams the way the survivor of a shipwreck clings to floating debris and, in doing so, gives us all hope. The first of three novels (followed by Independence Day and The Lay of the Land) featuring the Pulitzer prize-winning author's modern day Everyman. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Everything Was Possible

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Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies (Applause Books) By Ted Chapin Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781557836533
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Published: Applause Books - March 1st, 2005

The story of the evolution of the legendary Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical, Follies. From conception to closing night -- and beyond -- seldom, if ever, has a Broadway show been so meticulously chronicled. The bittersweet reunion of former showgirls, in the theater soon to be demolished where they lived the most glorious days of their lives, wasn't an unqualified hit when it opened in New York. I saw it (twice) with its original cast and, despite all the astonishing Sondheim that I have seen since, Follies has remained my favorite. This book is an absolute must, not just for theater buffs, but for anyone interested in the intricacies of the collaborative genius that it takes to give birth to any work of art. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Heart-Shaped Box

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Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel By Joe Hill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061944895
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 22nd, 2009

A carelessly treated past love comes back to haunt a middle-aged rock star--literally. When Jude Coyne impulsively buys a suit of clothes, complete with the ghost of its deceased owner, his life becomes a waking nighmare. The foul-smelling ensemble, which ominously arrives in a black, heart-shaped box, belonged to the stepfather of a young woman who committed suicide after Jude ended their affair. Suitably creepy (no pun intended) and reminiscent of some of Stephen King's (who is Mr. Hill's father) early work. Hill is especially skilled at summoning up chilling imagery. His villain is a particularly vindictive (if quite memorable) creation. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Sunday in the Park with George

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Sunday in the Park with George (Applause Libretto Library) By Stephen Sondheim (Composer) Cover Image
By Stephen Sondheim (Composer)
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ISBN: 9781557830685
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Published: Applause Books - May 1st, 2000

Pulitzer prize-winning Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical that was inspired by a painting by George Seurat entitled A Sunday Afternoon On the Island of Grande Jatte. Literate and witty, with Sondheim's trademark tongue-twisting lyrics. Bernadette Peters, the composer's most frequent leading lady, is a wonder of the world. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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