December 5th, 2013
The evil twin is a favorite device of storytellers — has been for generations — and the veteran bestselling author Scott Turow gives it fresh life in his new novel “Identical.” A state senator who’s running for Mayor of Kindle County has to deal with an identical twin brother who’s just out of prison, after doing 25 years for a murder he may or may not have actually committed.
In fact, as Turow’s story progresses, it’s less certain who really is the “evil” twin in this family.
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December 4th, 2013
You’ve seen Jerry and Carolyn Parr a thousand times, in news footage of the day in March, 1981 that John Hinckley, Jr., stepped out of a crowd, intent on killing President Ronald Reagan.
Parr was the agent standing next to the President – and the one who shoved him into the limousine and saved his life.
But that’s only part of the story Parr tells in the book “In the Secret Service,” co-authored by his wife Carolyn Parr.
Their book is an adrenaline-filled ride through the life of a Secret Service agent who not only was prepared to take a bullet for the President, it’s what inspired him to sign up in the first place.
December 3rd, 2013
Before television, America’s great photo magazines captured world events for millions of readers.
The magazines sent correspondents and photojournalists to the ends of the earth to record history in the making.
Among this elite was the photographer John Launois. In the ’60s and ’70s, Launois blossomed as one of the most resourceful, inventive, prolific, highly paid, and widely traveled photojournalists.
Launois died, however, before he was able to finish his memoir. His son Chris Launois, his writing partner, has finished it. It’s a stunning work of words and, of course, photos, called “L’Americain.”
December 2nd, 2013
The centuries-old question that has always eluded a clear scientific answer is, “What is life?”
We may not yet have that definitive answer, but thanks to renowned scientist and author J. Craig Venter, we now have a type of “synthetic life.”
In his new book “Life at the Speed of Light” Venter explains how forms of life created in the lab could. someday very soon, be used to help feed the world’s hungry, purify polluted water, generate energy — even let you “download” a flu vaccine off the internet at home.
Does it sound like “playing God”? Venter’s work gives that phrase an entirely new significance.
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November 27th, 2013
People seek gratification from food, sex, work, and love. Sometimes all at the same time, and sometimes with unintended consequences.
In his book of interconnected novellas “Dirty Love,” Andre Dubus III writes about characters who, it is said, walk out the back door of one story and into the next.