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Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi
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An Ass of You and of Me
or, Buyer Beware: Initial impressions, but not really a review, of Reclaiming History

One must assume that Vincent Bugliosi is honest, and that his book on the JFK assassination is likewise honest. Reclaiming History is Bugliosi
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Kansas City Lightning by Stanley Crouch
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Earlier this month I read Kansas City Lightning, a new biography of the great Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch.

Right away I decided to review it, because I love Charlie Parker and his music. But the review morphed into something else. Reading Kansas
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The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
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The Ghost Writer is the first of Philip Roth's Zuckerman novels.

The story is set in 1955. Nathan Zuckerman is a young writer just starting out. He is invited to the home of his literary hero, one E.I. Lonoff. NZ has recently completed a short story t
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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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Hard to believe I've gone through my entire life without ever having read this book. I became interested in it for the very first time a year or two ago, when Anne Frank figured into Philip Roth's The Ghost Writer.

So I began to read the diary but ne
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Ironweed by William Kennedy
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From time to time I get on a William Kennedy kick. I'm on one now. Just re-read Ironweed – an amazing book.

My Kennedy kick had so much momentum, I put the movie adaptation at the top of my Netflix queue. Watched it last night. Huge disappointment. Th
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Parachutes & Kisses by Erica Jong
Parachutes & Kisses
by Erica Jong
read in May, 2012
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Parachutes and Kisses is the third in a series of related "autobiographical novels" by Erica Jong. As with the others, P&K is filled with wonderful insights and many fine sentences. I like reading Erica Jong a lot.

My favorite sequence is when the
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Mrs. Paine's Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy by Thomas Mallon
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Mrs. Paine’s Garage, published back in 2002,is an unfortunate little book.I have a distant connection to it, one that I regret.

In July 2001 its author, Thomas Mallon, sent me an email introducing himself. He briefly described his latest project – a s
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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
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I found this book utterly spellbinding. I guess a lot of others did, too, since it was a best seller and won a Pulitzer. It's a series of mostly connected anecdotes about McCourt's impoverished childhood, spent primarily in Limerick, Ireland. Highly ...more
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