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The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing Life by Charles J. Shields - Book Review

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Published: University of Texas Press - October 15th, 2018

Direct, unadorned, and insightful, Stoner by John Williams nears perfection in some readers' eyes. Shields shows the author was far from perfect: Williams never knew his father, married four times, and was a chain-smoking alcoholic. Shields superbly channels Williams's writing style to depict a flawed man who through industry and dedication became a sublime artist. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

They haunt houses, hotels, whorehouses, asylums, and graveyards. They surprise, startle, and scare us. They toy with us. Or do they? Dickey digs deep into America's ghost lore, and discovers, more often than not, that their manifestation stems from our own personal, communal, and unresolved anxieties and fears. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America by Geoffrey O'Brien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312577148
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - August 16th, 2011

Outwardly: prestige; a family respected, revered, instrumental in America's birth, headed by the State's most powerful judge.
Inwardly: madness; a family writhing in religious upheaval, obscene threats, purple prose, pretension, posing, and murder.
Ultimately: a family consigned by Gothic decree to oblivion. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780671884000
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 31st, 1994

Tennis racquet in one hand, lunch pail in the other, Gilbert smacks forehands at tennis's country club veneer. His blue collar approach shows that grit, tenacity, and acute mental awareness in a decidedly difficult mental sport can help scrubs triumphantly end match point with a cross-court winner. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Our Town: A Play in Three Acts by Thornton Wilder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780060512637
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - September 23rd, 2003

Emily Webb: Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do human beings ever realize life while they live it --- every, every minute?
Stage Manager: No. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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