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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

Bridget Colontonio, January 1, 2012

It's been a long time since I read, and savored, a book that was this good. I simply did not want it to end. Erin Morgenstern, creates this tangible yet very surreal atmoshphere that is 'The Night Circus'. If you're looking to escape the solidness of reality, pick up a copy of 'The Night Circus', you will not be disappointed.
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October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween

Bridget Colontonio, January 27, 2009

"Ahhh, Halloween...The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, the bonfires are lit and everyone anticipates the one day where they can be whatever they want and go begging for treats, and more importantly and if you're lucky, be on the receiving end of a really good scare! To start your season off right, pick-up a copy of this fantastic book, brimming with stories that will have you up late into the night turning the pages of one of the best Horror Anthologies to date. There is surely something for everyone in this book, and you won't be dissappointed. The extra added treats that accompany this book are true-life stories of the writer's themselves reliving their favorite Halloween moments, which will likely have you waxing nostalgic of your own past Halloween experiences. If you're looking for a wonderful way to spend your All-Hallows-Eve, then don't miss this extraordinary compilation of unforgettable Tricks-and-Treats!"
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Bridget Colontonio, March 21, 2008

Author, Zachary Lazar has done the extraordinary. He has taken three unforgettable icons of the sixties and bonded them together in a haunting, mesmeric novel that will immediately transport you back to that turbulent era. Before you even begin the first page, the author states that this book is a work of fiction. That statement alone is about the only bit of fiction I found in this book, but it is, as the author notes, “products of the imagination”. Perhaps it is because Zachary Lazar brilliantly depicts these people and their lives so accurately and effortlessly that it seems quite factual.
The three icons he fluidly intertwine happen to be, Bobby Beausoleil (the first member of the “Manson Family” to be arrested for the brutal murder of music teacher, Gary Hinman), avant-garde, underground filmmaker, Kenneth Anger, and The Rolling Stones. Namely, Brian Jones, founder of The Rolling Stones, his relationship with his drug-addicted, yet exquisitely beautiful girlfriend, Anita Pallenburg, (who leaves Brian Jones for Keith Richards), and Brian’s untimely, tragic death. The one that seems to bind all three together is Kenneth Anger and his unique brand of films. Some, having starred Bobby Beausoleil, and another having captured the chaotic spectacle of the 1969 free concert at Altamont Speedway, that turned into one of the most violent days in rock history. The author also touches on Kenneth Anger’s fascination with the occult and a fictional book called The Sephiroth, which seems to find it’s way into most of the characters hands at some point and which the author vaguely implies was one of the reasons the sixties ended so tragically.
This book is somewhat a recollection of what made these people who they were. How The Rolling Stones attained their distinctive style, and what pushed Brian over the edge from which he would never recover. And yet other questions yet to be answered, such as: What lured Anger to the occult to begin with? What could lead a common boy like Beausoleil to commit such a heinous murder? This book is a straightforward look into the lives these people may have had, before we turned them into supernatural stars. One thing is for sure, Zachary Lazar, did his homework on these people and created a vibrant tapestry that still manages to weave a certain aura of mysticism that can only be found in the that ethereal age known as The Sixties.
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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Bridget Colontonio, February 20, 2008

Eric Weiner wrote this book to make us happier, and he succeeded. A self-described “mope”, he embarks on a journey to find some of the world’s happiest places, and perhaps more importantly, to find out why they are so happy. A longtime foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, he has seen and reported his share of adversities and misfortunes. But now he wants to explore the flip side of all this misery.
His quest begins in The Netherlands, at a place called, the World Database of Happiness located in Rotterdam. Here, he learns many trivial facts about happiness, but he doesn’t get any closer to the answer to his burning question, who and where are the happiest people and why? From here, he heads out to nine different countries in search of the answer. Along the way, he meets a variety of interesting, unforgettable, and yes, happy people. From each of them he takes away what happiness (and unhappiness) means to them despite their global positioning. Upon his return to America, he recalls the many anecdotes told to him about what makes a person or a place happy, and he comes to a certain conclusion, and possibly, the answer to his burning question.
Eric Weiner has revealed to us that happiness can be measured in many different ways in several different countries by religion, culture, and even politics. And we’re all in search of happiness, yet we tend to forget that it sometimes comes with a price, perhaps not always monetarily, yet an expense nonetheless. So was it worth the search? Find out by reading The Geography of Bliss and you decide wherein happiness lies.

Also, if you read this witty, insightful book, you must visit the author’s website at www.ericweinerbooks.com. Here you will be able to enjoy a slideshow of the photos of Eric’s incredible journey in the search for happiness.
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Tales for the Midnight Hour by J B Stamper
Tales for the Midnight Hour

Bridget Colontonio, October 25, 2007

"A full moon in the sky, The clock strikes twelve...These are the Tales For The Midnight Hour". This is the ominous warning in the beginning of this creepy compilation of short stories for kids. Chock full of spooky stories to keep the little ones on the edge of their seats (and probably up all night with all the lights on). Seventeen stories altogether make up this frightening little book of torrid tales that some may even remember from their own childhood. On rainy days when I would pester my mother and complain that I was bored and had nothing to do, she would say "go read something", and off I went to make a fort out of her best linens with flashlight in hand, and my first choice of reads would be this little book of horrors. As a child, my favorite story was "A Free Place To Sleep", and all I can say is that after reading it, I certainly didn't get any sleep.
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