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Brazilian Adventure by Peter Fleming
Brazilian Adventure

Gregory Gallardo, October 20, 2009

Brazilian Adventure is a great companion book to "The Lost History of Z" by David Grann. Peter Fleming is one of the adventurers who preceded Grann's search for Colonel Fawcett and his lost civilization in the middle of the Amazonian Jungle. Quirky and eccentric, Fleming seems an unlikely explorer but, as a London Times literary critic, he has the ability to spin a compelling tale. He makes his adventure come alive, to the point where I'm glad that he went there so I don't have to. The book makes me want to read more of Fleming's writing -- I guess that I have an affinity for his family style as I've read all of his brother Ian's James Bond novels.
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The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace
The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

Gregory Gallardo, September 16, 2009

The Billionaire's Vinegar is a fine true-crime story, but gentler than most since the victim is an old bottle of wine. From the onset the reader knows that the bottles of wine attributed to Thomas Jefferson are probably fake, and the chief suspect appears early on, but the details of the recherche world of fine wines compel further reading. The two centuries of history of Bordeaux and its wines is in itself a worthwhile read. As with any good non-fiction, it is the people who bring the story alive. There are good guys and bad guys and at least one character that could go either way. The only frustration of the book is that the perpetrators of the crimes are not brought to justice.
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The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Ninetenth-Century New York by Patricia Cline Cohen
The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Ninetenth-Century New York

Gregory Gallardo, August 3, 2009

If you like true-life 19th century murder mysteries like "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" and "Devil in the White City", you may enjoy "The Murder of Helen Jewett." The story is developed through an in-depth exploration of how the title character became a 'fallen woman' and her relationship with the men who are her potential killers. Rather than transform her research into the story, the author allows the source documents, largely consisting of personal letters, speak for themselves. The use of language in those letters makes the book worth picking up, irrespective of the story. Using their own words makes the 1830s New Yorkers come alive; they seem quite familiar yet somehow foreign. The story develops slowly, and the detail can be overwhelming. This is not an easy book to read, but it is worth putting some effort into.
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