Countess of Carnarvon “Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey”

January 2nd, 2014

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Television audiences can’t seem to get enough of “Downton Abbey,” the British series that premiered in 2010 and in the U.S. the following year. But while the series is set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate, there is a real story in the British aristocracy that may be even more captivating than the TV series.

“Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey” is the meticulously researched story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon.

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And the author of this book has a unique access to the historical material she needed to write it — she is the Countess of Carnarvon.

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Raymond Khoury “Rasputin’s Shadow”

December 31st, 2013

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When a Russian diplomat takes a header out the window of a New York city apartment that’s owned by a physics teacher who has disappeared, FBI special agent Sean Reilly may be the only one who can put the clues together.

In Raymond Khoury‘s thriller “Rasputin’s Shadow,” Reilly soon discovers a startling truth about the missing teacher, and it’s a story that goes back nearly a hundred years, because the teacher’s linked to a modern-day incarnation of the inner circle of the legendary Grigory Rasputin.

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And they’ve come up with a device that would impress Rasputin himself — it can alter human behavior.

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Bill Ayers “Public Enemy”

December 24th, 2013

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This is how Sarah Palin, in the 2008 presidential campaign, characterized Barack Obama’s relationship with onetime ’60s radical Bill Ayers: “Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists.”

And not just terrorists: “Unrepentant domestic terrorists,” as she put it.

But how accurate has been the picture we’ve gotten of Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Weather Underground, participant in several bombings, and fugitive?

In his new book “Public Enemy,” Ayers, a now-retired University of Illinois professor, recalls the events that led up to his being labeled an “unrepentant domestic terrorist” and being used by Obama opponents to try and bring down the man who eventually won the White House.

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“Public Enemy” is the sequel to his book “Fugitive Days” —
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Simon Tofield “Simon’s Cat vs The World”

December 23rd, 2013

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Simon Tofield is a soft-spoken man who happens to love cats. And he’s a cartoonist who happens to draw one cat in particular.

Millions buy his books, millions more watch the adventures of Simon’s cat on YouTube.

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Now Simon takes his beloved white cat into a world of sparkling color — indoors and out — in a new book that shows how cats, and this one cat in particular, always find mischief. Or it always finds them.

It’s “Simon’s Cat vs The World.”

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Lisa Scottoline “Accused”

December 22nd, 2013

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Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, as Lisa Scottoline‘s new thriller “Accused” opens.

Thirteen-year-old genius Allegra Gardner has come to the firm, hoping to – once and for all – find the truth about her big sister’s murder six years ago.

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It seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him.

But Allegra doesn’t buy it. And before long, DiNunzio doesn’t, either.

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