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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...

If you like the idea of reading dozens of interesting life stories in one manageable volume, I recommend "The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year." This second annual compilation of selected New York Times obituaries includes deaths that occurred from August 2011 through July 2012. The eye-catching title is a vast improvement over last year's compilation which was simply titled "...

"Once Upon a Tower" by Eloisa James

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Tessa Dare - "Any Duchess Will Do"-- When her son refuses to marry, his mother bets him she can turn any woman he picks into a Duchess. As their carriage pulls into Spindle Cove, he spots Kate, a simple store clerk covered in flour and with a mountain of responsibilities. He knows Kate is perfect! Not for him, of course...but she'll...

"Hunted" by Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne's new book is "Hunted : the iron druid chronicles." It's an action-packed romp through various supernatural pantheons. The author masterfully juggles various subplots, intense action, comedy and gore to make this one of his best books yet.
 
In an earlier book, our hero, Atticus O'Sullivan offends the Greek and Roman pantheon of gods. He has two goddesses of the hunt, Artemis and Diana, chasing  ...
"Heart of Obsidian" by Nalini Singh

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Finding love is as easy as 1, 2, 3 in Susan Mallery's latest installment in the Fool's Gold series: "Just One Kiss," "Two of a Kind,"...

Each year the Pritzker Military Library honors a living author for a body of work that enriches knowledge of American military history. This Lifetime Achievement Award offers more than just prestige. Winners receive a $100,000 honorarium (and a medallion!). The 2013 winner is novelist and short story writer Tim O'Brien.

O'Brien served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War. He began his literary career in 1973 with a memoir titled "...

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