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By Blood by Ellen Ullman
By Blood
by Ellen Ullman
read in June, 2014
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A journey of identity led by a narrator whose own identity is opaque and even disturbing. Touches on the dark side of 1970s San Francisco in which the Zodiac killer is at large and the city's louche nightlife is likened to the desperate atmosphere of...more
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Lytton Strachey by Michael Holroyd
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Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio
Dallas 1963
by Bill Minutaglio
read in June, 2014
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Despite the title. Dallas 1963 is not another conspiracy book about the JFK assassination. It takes as a given that Oswald killed Kennedy but suggests that it could just as easily been done at the behest of any number of Dallas's leading citizens. As...more
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The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing
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What is it with writers and drinking?

Olivia Laing travels across the American literary landscape (literally) mostly by train, to trace the drinking lives of Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Buryman, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and Tenn...more
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Kitty Genovese by Kevin Cook
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Author Kevin Cook rescues Kitty Genovese, the vibrant young woman who hoped to open an Italian restaurant one day with her lover Mary Ann, from her status as murder victim icon, to the enthusiastic, open, Beatles-era young woman she apparently was. C...more
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Not I by Joachim Fest
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A Berlin family keeps their distance from Nazism even as they rub elbows with Hitler's henchmen. Joachim Fest's memoir slowly burns until his family's struggle to maintain their principles becomes a nail biting account of survival. Fest's father tell...more
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Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin
read in January, 2014
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Johnny Carson was never obliged to be in real life the guy he was on TV. No one could be that charismatic, sharp, and attractive on a nightly basis. The talk host with inhumanly perfect comedic timing dominated TV for 30 years and delivered a sophist...more
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& Sons by David Gilbert
& Sons
by David Gilbert
read in January, 2014
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If the middle slackens a bit, hang in there for the ending. A big book that mostly justifies its size. Remarkably adroit observations are sprinkled throughout but I was left waiting for the telling details of life behind those windows on Fifth Ave. A...more
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Turmoil and Transition in Boston by Lawrence S Dicara
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Recommended, especially to those who oppose government action to better communities and cities. DiCara, a progressive Boston politician who ran for mayor in 1983, illustrates that Boston's success did not happen by accident. Conversely, he demonstrat...more
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America 1933 by Michael Golay
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