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Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire

It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »


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A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles
A Moment in the Sun

Michael C, September 21, 2011

An amazing achievement. Sayles manages to weave together a half dozen major characters and story lines, all while capturing all the idioms perfectly, subtly illustrating huge social and historical problems, and giving readers a history lesson about the rise of U.S. imperialism. And, quite unlike so much other current historical fiction, the writing is utterly unpretentious. Sayles is loyal to the story and the characters and the ideas, not his own ego.
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At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Michael C, September 21, 2011

This book is filed under Americana and Home Design, but it's actually more of a social history, with some science thrown in. As always with Bryson, it's a winner. The writing is crisp and engaging, and the book conveys a world of fascinating, hidden or forgetten facts and ideas. The only slow spot is when Bryson takes a side-trip into English country mansions.
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