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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser - Book Review

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An American Tragedy By Theodore Dreiser, Richard Lingeman (Introduction by), Margaret E. Mitchell (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Theodore Dreiser, Richard Lingeman (Introduction by), Margaret E. Mitchell (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780451531551
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Published: Signet - August 3rd, 2010

In Clyde Griffiths, Dreiser paints a vivid portrait of a man who is corrupted and, finally, destroyed by greet. As much an indictment of the society that breeds men like him and still very timely today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Every Man Dies Alone

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Every Man Dies Alone: A Novel By Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781935554042
Published: Melville House - March 30th, 2010

After the death of their son during the Nazi assault on France, a German couple launches their own private war against Hitler, leaving inflammatory postcards in public places around Berlin. The book is a grueling chronicle of what proved to be a relatively insignificant assault on the tyranny and brutality of the Third Reich, but it pays a magnificent tribute to the example of courage that can be demonstrated by ordinary people. Fallada's novel is based on an historical incident. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Devil's Gate

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Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy By David Roberts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416539896
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2009

In 1856, five separate groups of Mormons set out on the arduous 1,300 mile journey between Iowa City and Salt Lake City. They were only allowed 17 pounds of belongings that were pushed by hand in wooden carts. Two of the groups began the trek too late in the season and were caught in severe snowstorms in Wyoming. Before rescuers could reach them between 200-240 men, women, and children had perished. It was the deadliest tragedy in the history of the settlement of the West. This book is the result of painstaking research and it very often conflicts with the Mormon Church's version of the grueling and completely avoidable event. A testimony to human folly, to the perils of religious fervor and to man's remarkable ability to endure. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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Tinkers By Paul Harding Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934137123
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 1st, 2009

A complex, vivid, and occasionally surreal examination of diffuse family relationships largely told from the viewpoint of a man in the final stages of dying. As his family dutifully tends him, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of reality. Harding also integrates the troubled lives of Crosby's father and grandfather into the narrative. The prevailing sadness of eminent death that hovers over this novel contrasts starkly with its fierce reaffirmation of life, of tenaciously clinging to the gift of every new day -- and with what a profound regret the prospect of a limited number of tomorrows is finally accepted. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession By David Grann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

A collection of non-fiction pieces by the author of The Lost City of Z. Mr. Grann's subjects are many and varied, from baseball to prison gangs to the hunt for the giant squid. Written with a fine sense for the textures of his different topics, from undercurrents of outrage to a keen perception of the foibles of human nature. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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