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Book Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

While not his most critically acclaimed novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany won for John Irving a huge and appreciative audience a quarter century ago and remains one of the most memorable of his many works. Dickensian is a good … Continue reading

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Book Review: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden – A Natural Approach to Pest Control by Jessica Walliser

I have been gardening for three years (not counting sowing carrot seeds as a child), and I’m always looking for new organic gardening books.  This year in particular I’ve been paying attention to the bugs in my garden, and thankfully, … Continue reading

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History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracy Theories of All Time by Brad Meltzer

In History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracy Theories of All Time, Brad Meltzer examines the following mysteries and more: John Wilkes Booth, the Confederacy’s gold, DB Cooper, the White-House cornerstone, the Spear of Destiny, DaVinci’s Code, the gold of Fort Knox, … Continue reading

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Thrillmeister & Societal Fortune Teller: Revisiting Ira Levin

I recently read Ira Levin’s 1967 newborn-Devil, Satanic horror classic Rosemary’s Baby for the first time; I barely put it down for two days straight. It led me to watch the Criterion Collection 1968 film version, starring Mia Farrow and Supporting Actress … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Who Can You Trust? Daniel, the narrator of Tom Rob Smith’s first stand-alone psychological thriller The Farm (after the Child 44 trilogy), is a somewhat unsuccessful landscape designer in London. He thinks that his parents are retired landscape retailers now … Continue reading

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