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Final Justice by Steven Naifeh
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Near the end of "Final Justice: The True Story of the Richest Man Ever Tried for Murder," Charlie Rose interviews multimillionaire Cullen Davis for Rose’s TV show. A Texas jury had just acquitted Davis of killing his wife’s lover and a 12-year-old gi ...more
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Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
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I used to watch Charles Krauthammer spar with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News and be reminded of Dr. Strangelove, the wheelchair-bound, hawkish lunatic from Stanley Kubrick’s movie. I thought of Krauthammer as a conservative villain. Problem is, that’s abo ...more
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The Far Side Gallery by Gary Larson
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I pretty much lost interest in the “funny pages” decades ago because so few of them were actually funny. An exception was Gary Larson’s single-panel classic, "The Far Side." Larson’s loopy, goofy illustrations looked adolescent but displayed out-of-l ...more
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Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon
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A gathering of upper-crust Brits and their servants fall under suspicion when foul play interrupts a weekend retreat. This 1936 whodunit is pretty much what you’d expect, if what you expect is an English country-house murder mystery with Agatha Chris ...more
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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
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When I think of Arthur Conan Doyle, like most people I think of his most famous creation, the indomitable Sherlock Holmes. Or perhaps I think of the author’s storied fascination with the paranormal. I did not, until now, think of great adventure tale ...more
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Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia
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I am drawn to feisty intellectual Camille Paglia for two reasons: 1) Being a straight man, I appreciate any feminist, like Paglia, who does not indulge in obligatory male bashing, and 2) I share Paglia’s aversion to “herd mentality.” She’s a contrari ...more
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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
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If you do an Internet search of “best Agatha Christie books,” you’ll find this novel in many top-five lists, along with Christie classics like "And Then There Were None," "Murder on the Orient Express," and "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." I’m a bit su ...more
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Sting-Ray Afternoons by Steve Rushin
Sting-Ray Afternoons
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I loved this book – but I’m hesitant to recommend it. I pause because although I’m clearly in the author’s target audience, you might not be. If I say “Mel’s Matinee Movie,” do you smile, or do you scratch your head?

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Magpie Murders
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Horowitz’s double mystery is a lot of fun for fans of old-fashioned whodunits. It’s a clever book-within-a-book in which a literary editor investigates the suspicious death of her company’s most successful writer: an irascible cuss who wrote the wild ...more
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Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
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We’re told not to be judgmental of other people, but when someone writes a book about her “career” as one of Hugh Hefner’s concubines, isn’t she really saying, “Hey, look at me and my life! What do you think?”

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