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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: A Pulitzer Prize Winner By Robert Penn Warren, Noel Polk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156004800
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - 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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Hitchcock By Francois Truffaut Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671604295
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2nd, 1985

Definitive study of the Master of Suspense refreshingly told without the usual cloud of adulation that hangs over studies of Alfred Hitchcock like a thunderhead over a picnic. The book has been gathered from interviews with Hitch conducted by the great French director, Francois Truffaut. Hitchcock is candid about his failures, remorseful of his mistakes, and admirably humble about being one of the undisputed giants in cinema history. Truffaut's questions are pointed, respectful, and informed without ever lapsing into fawning. Illustrated with many photos from Hitchcock's fifty-three films. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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