A behind the scenes look at the Mary Tyler Moore show..how it was created, produced, directed and cast. Explores the evolution of comedy that revolutionized sitcoms. For fans of the show, you will absolutely love reliving all those Mary moments..... I may not have "gotten around", but I was nearby.
Joseph Hooker, botanist, Thomas Huxley, marine biologist and Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist were inspired by Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. They endured long voyages to exotic lands and returned with specimens and insights to become Darwin's staunchest supporters. I enjoyed every word McCalman weaved about the lives of four brilliant men from divergent backgrounds who shared bravery, determination and the quest for a scientific explanation for life.
Addicted to The Song of Ice and Fire series but stuck waiting for the next novel/TV season? Give this book a try. It is fantasy in the George R.R. Martin style, focused more on politics and court intrigue than on swords and sorcery (though there are some of both of those as well). There's even a plot thread about banking that is one of the best parts of the book. Abraham writes well, and is building a fascinating world of interwoven plots and characters here. Best of all, if you enjoy the book, there are already two more novels in the series available: The King’s Blood and The Tyrant’s Law.
This self-styled confession lets you know from the get go that the narrator kills an innocent bystander just to prove to himself that he can do the deed, in preparation for the murder he REALLY wants to commit: that of his life-long arch enemy. The remainder of the book fills in the background and then segues into the future to complete the tale. The story takes place in mid-19th century England and includes a dazzling array of characters, including whores, spies, lords, ladies, servants,thieves, bibliophiles, and numerous rascals and no-accounts. It is a story of love unfulfilled (you find that out in the beginning too) that will keep you guessing what happens next.
O’Reilly, controversial political pundit, and Dugard have written a riveting account of the two weeks leading up to the Lincoln assassination and Booth’s subsequent capture. Although we all know the outcome, this is a real nail biter, making the all too familiar story come to vibrant life.
At the dawn of the 20th century there existed the most famous and notorious brothel in America. Anyone who has read Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City” or has affection for the city of Chicago will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is a concise account of the Everleigh Club and Chicago’s Levee district and the Reformers who sought to bring down prostitution by preaching upon soap boxes in the streets of the Levee. Parades and mass demonstrations were often held resulting in violence and rioting to the point that the Federal government stepped in finally closing the door on vice permanently with the enactment of the Mann Act. I read this book just before traveling to Chicago this summer and, as a fan of architecture, was amazed at how well preserved those neighborhood building are with new developments steadily going up all around this thriving metropolis.
This is a hard-boiled detective fiction that combines elements of crime, horror and the supernatural. It’s about growing up and growing old, psychic abilities and long-lasting friendships. The protagonist is a college student and an aspiring writer who gets away from New England following a heart break, and takes a job at a seaside amusement park “Joyland” in 1970s North Carolina. There he enters a new world that completely alters his life forever. The beginning of the book reads like a memoir and later develops into a murder mystery. It’s a good mash up of pulp crime dealing with different emotions, and it engrosses the reader from beginning to the end.
In this debut - and final - novel, the author explores a rocky marriage between a part-time psycho therapist and her entrepreneur building-renovator husband. As a licensed therapist she feels pretty sane and together, and her philandering husband seems basically worthless. We learn early on that she decides to do something very bad, and the story fleshes that out for us. Will she get away with it?
This is contemporary humor in the style of Erma Bombeck. Lisa explores the intricacies and follies of a mom/grown daughter relationshp. She and her daughter Francesca offer their witty ramblings and downright hysterical observations of this special relationship. Topics range from bunion surgery to movies to food to men. A laugh out loud book. Reviewed by Marsh.