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Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) by Arthur Miller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780140481341
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 1976

An aging salesman, angry and increasingly isolated in a world that seems to have passed him by, sees everything he worked for and believed in slip away. Willy Loman is one of the most unforgettable characters ever to walk across a stage and the tragedy of his life is still topical today. Miller is a towering figure among American playwrights and this remains his unqualified masterwork. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams - Book Review

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By Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780811216012
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Published: New Directions - September 17th, 2004

Williams won his second Pulitzer Prize for this scorching drama about a Southern family facing the mortal illness of its patriarch and the inability of the favored son to come to terms with his sexuality and lost youth. The basis of a superior, if watered down, movie adaptation with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era by Mr. Gareth Russell - Book Review

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Published: Atria Books - November 19th, 2019

The Titanic epic told largely from the perspective of six of her first-class passengers, including the naval architect who designed the ship, a movie star, a vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and his 17-year-old son, Isidor Strauss, who founded Macy's Department Store, and Lucy-Noelle-Martha Leslie, the Countess of Rothes. This is an incisive and engrossing account of the ship's evolution and tragic loss that injects intelligent light into an event that is as much enshrouded in legend as Titanic's remains are in the total darkness of the deep ocean. It is both a paean to the genius of the age that gave birth to her and a eulogy for the hubris that doomed her. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

Hiram Walker was born into the hell of slavery in Virginia. His father was the master of the plantation. His mother left while he was a child. Hiram possessed an extraordinary gift and he would use it to bring others trapped in the dark misery of bondage into the light of freedom in the North. This is a powerful and eloquent chronicle of the devastation wrought by an institution that still should shame the nation's consciousness. The novel is infused with mysticism and the redeeming power of love and family. Coates constantly reminds us that man's capacity for inflicting cruelty is only surpassed by the indomitable will and determination of the victims of that inhumanity to triumph over it. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Bad Axe County: A Novel by John Galligan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982110703
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Published: Atria Books - July 9th, 2019

Heidi Kick has her work cut out for her. On top of drenching storms, drug dealers, sex traffickers, and the disappearance of two young women, she has to cope with members of her department who don't like the idea of a woman police chief. This is a tough, energetic mystery/thriller in which the author exhibits a fine sense of pacing and atmosphere. His collection of seedy characters, who populate the hollows and hills of Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, are memorable on the printed page even if they are to be avoided at all costs anywhere else. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

Lydia's husband is a journalist dedicated to eradicating the scourge of drugs in Mexico. When he and fifteen other family members are massacred, Lydia is forced to flee her comfortable life in Acapulco with her eight-year-old son. Their only hope is to begin a grueling trek toward the relative safety of the United States. It is, as she is told, "a path for people with no choice." The author is so skilled at drawing us into the narrative, we instinctively sense the impending danger posed by every stranger, swelter in the unrelenting assault of the desert sun, and fight succumbing to despair when one more step seems beyond the realm of human endurance . This is an unforgettable journey, as topical as today's headlines. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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