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Consent to Kill: A Thriller by Vince Flynn
Consent to Kill: A Thriller

Eleanor, November 28, 2006

A real turning point in the series. It's not necessary to have read the other books to appreciate the depth of emotion in this thriller.
The first third is typical of the series: a secret CIA operation to defend the US as necessary, not always with Congressional approval. This part also introduces a new antagonist, who appears in the next book.
The remainder of the book, though, shows remarkable insight into the protagonist's psyche. Despite the hits he takes in this book, you know he'll be back.
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On the Beach by Nevil Shute
On the Beach

Eleanor, November 28, 2006

I read this recently, and I think it's impossible to come away from a book like this unaffected. Shute's post-apocalyptic novel will make readers seriously consider the effects of nuclear war. It might seem like an outdated concept, but it's not. This is a remarkably human book, portraying people who know that in a matter of months they will be dead of radiation poisoning, and are waiting for the inevitable. Some try to deny it as best they can, but they all come to accept it out of necessity. Deeply moving.
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Gun Shy
Gun Shy

Eleanor, November 13, 2006

This is a quirky little comedy sort of like "Analyze This" or its followup, "Analyze That." Charlie, played by Liam Neeson, is a DEA undercover agent who has lost his nerve after a mission where his cover is blown and his partner killed. He meets a psychiatrist on an airplane, and is invited to join a therapy group. The problems of his fellow patients are surprisingly relatable, though the nature is Charlie's job makes their sessions out of the ordinary at first. And, as it turns out, the people Charlie is investigating are just as unhappy in their respective jobs. A budding romance with the nurse Judy, played by Sandra Bullock, gives Charlie some hope and support. Strong performances by all the actors and a surprisingly sweet ending make this movie worthwhile.
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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Bel Canto

Eleanor, September 28, 2006

A beautifully written story. Loosely inspired by a real-life incident, the reader knows how the story will end within a few pages. However, Patchett creates a separate world within the walls of a Vice Presidential mansion that has been taken over by terrorists. Shades of gray and the human heart play more of a role in the book than any political motivation. The story also ends on a surprisingly peaceful note.
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Lipstick
Lipstick

Eleanor, September 28, 2006

A delightful look at the history of one cosmetic most women couldn't go without. The book covers modern lipstick's predecessors, from the obvious to the bizarre, and includes recipes for making your own. Readers also find out where the modern marvel of "free gift with purchase" came from, and the many roles lipstick has had over the years.
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