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Month: August 2016

Game of Crowns

Game of Crowns

Biographer Christopher Andersen (The Day Diana Died) once again sets his sights on the British royal family. This time he delves into the relationships between a queen and two future queens: Queen Elizabeth II, her daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wife to Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne, and her granddaughter-in-law, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, whom is second in line to the throne. Through examining these relationships, Andersen looks at past history such as…

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“The widow”

“The widow”

Jean Taylor’s husband has just died and she isn’t the grief stricken widow that people assume she is.  She has been hiding secrets about her husband for years and she must now decide who she is and what she wants to reveal.  The audio book of “The widow” is narrated by several people playing the roles of the characters in the novel.  It’s a potentially interesting story, but the novel goes back and forth in time so you need to…

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Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout tells the story of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and her efforts to take four women from the Nebraska frontier back to Iowa after the women have gone mad over the long cold winter with too many hardships.  According to the tale, the Homesman is a person, usually a man, who is tasked with taking women who have gone mad back east to their families.  In this story, the husbands don’t want to take on the job, so…

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Hamilton: The Revolution

Hamilton: The Revolution

From the moment that my sister first had me listen to “Alexander Hamilton,” the opening number of this play–I was hooked. That was months ago and it’s rare if a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one song from the soundtrack.  Listening to the soundtrack and scrolling through YouTube for videos is one thing, though–reading Lin’s thoughts and notes about different lyrics and stage directions is another. As if I don’t love this entire musical enough,…

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