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"The graphic history of Gettysburg" by Wayne Vansant

There is much to like in "The graphic history of Gettysburg: America's most famous battle and the turning point of the Civil War" by Wayne Vansant. Vansant's drawing style is simple and clean; despite the subject, the book is not excessively gory. Small splotches of...

"Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon's "Telegraph Avenue" is a fast-paced, fun tour of the troubled lives of several residents of Oakland and Berkeley, California. This novel displays Chabon's characteristic complex plotting. Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe, owners of a used record store/neighborhood hangout called Brokeland, are concerned about the future of their business after learning that a well-funded chain will open a large music store nearby. Their wives, Gwen...

"Tragic" by Robert K. Tanenbaum is the twenty-fifth book in the superb legal thrillers featuring New York District Attorney Butch Karp. The story opens with Butch and his family attending a Shakespeare in the Park production of "Macbeth." Themes from the Bard's tale are entwined throughout the book. They include guilt, penitence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. The author blends these themes with a...

"The Maid's Version" by Daniel Woodrell

The busy fall publishing schedule begins this month with a number of new books from celebrated authors.

Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her short story collection "Interpreter of Maladies" in 2000....

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

M.L. Stedman gives a glimpse into life as a lighthouse operator beginning in post-World War I Australia in her debut novel, "The Light Between Oceans." The isolation of living on a remote rock is brought home in this novel. The main plot poses a very difficult moral dilemma for Tom Sherbourne, the lighthouse keeper. His decision eats away at him for years and when he changes course,...

Royal Affair

Add "Royal Affair" to the growing list of Mads Mikkelsen's tour de force performances. The film is a historical drama centering on a German doctor brought in as a personal physician to King Christian VII of Denmark. Christian was considered mad and alienated his wife, Queen Caroline of Britain. Mikkelsen's character, Dr. Johann Struensee, was a commoner but well-read and familiar with Voltaire and other...

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy

Great actors are often defined by their ability to become their characters. Gary Oldman, a chameleon-like actor, is underrated because audiences don't even realize the same man played both the obsessive terrorist in "Air Force One" and the calculating but subdued cold war agent, George Smiley, in the remake of "...

Welcome to the Punch

Writer/director Eran Creevy found the sweet spot between action and psychological thriller with "Welcome to the Punch." Starring James MacAvoy as obsessed cop Max Lewinsky and Mark Strong as criminal mastermind Jacob Sternwood, the typical cat and mouse game takes unexpected turns. During Sternwood's last big heist, Lewinsky almost catches him single-handed.  While Lewinsky sees himself as a...

"The Pope's Last Crusade," Peter Eisner

While Pius XII is most commonly considered the "World War II Pope," his predecessor, Pius XI, fought the rise of Hitler and Mussolini from the start. In his book, "The Pope's Last Crusade," Peter Eisner discusses how Pius XI enlisted the aid of an American priest to write a papal condemnation of their ideologies. The effort was done...

Have you ever foraged for a meal? Before gathering leaves sprouting from the cracks in the sidewalk to make a salad, check out these books on what to look for, where to look, and how to prepare your harvest.

"Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat" by Ellen Zachos focuses on plants often found in urban and...

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