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A book in two acts. Set in a typical Eastern suburb of Bullit Park where violence and suspense lurks just below the idyllic surface, The first half concerns Detective Elliot Nailles, a veteran police officer who is given the task of protecting a young state's witness and former ganster. However, the witness completely refuses to get out of bed, causing Nailles no end of grief and casting doubts on the true nature of the American dream. In the second half, disturbed neighbour Paul Hammer begins stalking the witness, and eventually kidnaps him. The story culminates in a epic and memorable chase through criss-crossing rows of cookie cutter houses exposing both the bland conformity and intense violence present in 1960's suburbia.
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I thought I'd burned out on these, but this morning I woke up with several of them batting around in my head.  I'm not sure how to categorize them, but I think they're still mash-ups:

 

Welcome to the Monkeybars:  Kurt Vonnegut looks back to his school days

 

Now We Are Sixty:  A.A. Milne rewrites his classic for the Baby Boomer generation

 

The Tell-tale Fart:  Edgar Allen Poe takes on the Young Adult market

 

Cautiously Positive Expectations:  Charles Dickens revamped for the 21st Century reader

 

A Seasonal Carol:  (same as above) 

 

Celsius 232.7777: Ray Bradbury for the metric age

 

Rosemary's Teenager:  Ira Levin revisits the devil's spawn

 

 

 

 

The story of a young, broke, and funny Haitian immigrant whose rising star on the L.A. stand-up comedy scene plummeted during The Great Comedians Strike of 1979. 
Synopsis: Journalist Schlosser argues that the slow food industry has triggered the growth of community gardening in America's landscape, widened the gap between things that taste just like chicken and actual chickens, fueled an epidemic of self-righteous epicureanism and banished American cultural standardbearers such as McDonalds and KFC to lonely outposts abroad. He discusses startling facts about food production and preparation, including the dirty secret behind "meat" (it comes from animals), the farmers' efforts to reel in young, susceptible consumers through beets and parsnips, and other unsettling facts.
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One Hundred Yankee Years of Solitude

Many years later, as he faced the media, Joe Torre was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover baseball. At that time the Bronx was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of the Hudson river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs.
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When Nell Trent discovers that a plant in her grandfather's Curiosity Shop is trying to eat him out of house and home, little Nell convinces her grandfather to abandon their home. Together, they journey across the English countryside, experiencing many adventures. Nell becomes a teen sensation when she is hired by Mrs. Jarley to perform in a traveling musical. She enjoys her newfound popularity until she discovers that the man-eating plant from the Curiosity Shop has followed her grandfather and her, seeking a part in the musical. To Nell's horror, she learn that the plant is bribing her grandfather with the intent of eating Mrs. Jarley. Thus, Nell dispenses with her comfortable lifestyle and once again flees with her grandfather.
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Scarlet Letter to a Christian Nation

 

Provocative author Sam Harris challenges his audience in this audacious sequel to his best-seller The End of Keeping Faith.  In this scorching essay, Harris proposes that all Christians wear an embroidered red letter ‘C’ on their chests so that the non-believers and “generally sane” people can quickly identify those who are “irrational, ignorant, and intolerant bigots.”  Sure to be on every neighborhood book club’s reading list. 

 

 Les Misery

 

The classic horror tale of Jean Valjean wrongly imprisoned and tortured by his most devoted fan.   A rousing ending where the citizens of a small New England town take to the streets armed with pitchforks and ski poles provides the needed catharsis for this epic novel.  This publication coincides with the film release starring Gerald Depardieu and Kathy Bates.   

 

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Portrait of a Lady as a Young Man

 

 

Henry James’ comedy of manners follows a cross-dressing prostitute in the streets of Dublin.   Inventive stream-of-consciousness writing style marked the beginning of a new genre in literature and made the words “moo-cow” and “girlyman” part of the modern lingo.   

 

 

Adam and Eve, recently expelled from Eden, go on a massive 3 day bender!

 

If Ray Milland plays the role of Adam and Jane Wyman assumes the role of Eve, does the proverbial snake than play Howard Da Silva's part as the bartender? Talk about temptation! The apple then becomes a tumbler of whisky?


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Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert B. Parker

Dr. Spenser and Mr. Hawk solve crimes in downtown Boston while attempting to control their own inner demons.

 

Though never actually seen together, Spenser and Hawk are reported to be two separate people, but are they? 

 

Susan Silverman, Spenser's love interest and a lawyer by trade, has become wary of her beau. His violent outbursts are becoming more frequent and who is this Mr. Hawk character he keeps talking about? 

 

 When Mr. Hawk is accused of trampling a small girl, it's up to Spenser and Silverman to solve this convoluted crime. How will this one play out?

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Cormac McCarthy

Can I ask you something, Dean? Sal said.

 

Yes.

 

Are we Beat?

 

Sometimes. Not now.

 

And we're still going west.

 

Dig it.

 

So we'll be hip.

 

Dig.

 

Dig what?

 

Nothing. Just dig.

 

Okay.

 

I'm going to blow out this reefer stick. Is that okay?

 

Yes. That's okay.

 

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Riddler on the Roof

Set in pre-"No Man's Land" Gotham, the novel (and subsequent stage play) is based upon the stories of Robert Kane.

Edward Nygma is a costumed villain coping with a host of problems;

 

  • A world unware of his mental prowess
  • The day-to-day problems of super villainy
  • His cantakerous henchmen
  • City sanctioned violence in the form of the Batman

 

Harry Potter meets Harry Bosch

Bosch reopens an investigation into the whereabouts of a missing boy with a peculiar scar on his forehead.

 

Who is the boy?

 

Has he been abducted?

 

Why can't Bosch locate the boy's parents?

 

And what's a Hogwarts and could it be a clue?

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The Telltale Tart: Martha Stewart investigates when a dead body is found by Poe's grave, and the coroner finds that the victim choked to death -- on a cherry tart!

 

The Girl with the Tatooine Dragon: The story of the girl Luke Skywalker left behind, and the dragon who saved her.

 

Pride and Prepositions: Lynne Truss is back!

 

Pudd'nhead Wilson's War:  Pudd'n head Wilson heads back to court, as Tom Sawyer takes on Huck Finn in the battle for America's Top Mark Twain Character.

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A group of American expatriates settles in a quiet Mexican village, where they enjoy spacious adobe houses and the tolerance of the natives but eschew the larger crustacean food sources after investigating the ethics of boiling a creature alive in order to enhance their own gustatory pleasure.

When the movie adaptation of "Q & A," Vikas Swarup's picaresque novel about Mumbai street urchins strikes gold at the box office, he and his publisher are lured to Harpo Studios in Chicago, ostensibly to participate in a panel discussion entitled "Truth in India," but really for the purpose of slicing, dicing, and forcing him to confess to a bunch of NY Times book critics just how he "cheated," because, after all, they had dismissed his novel three years earlier in a perfunctory one-paragraph review by Elsa Dixler.

Sookie, despondent over the rules and regimes of paranormal society, and rejecting the advances of her many suitors which include prominent werewolves, vampires, & jackals, takes her own life by overdosing on sleeping draught.
Four teenage girls bond over a pair of Blue Jeans and when they are in possession of the magical article of clothing --really hunky guys from all different time periods fill the pants.  Dating, and engagement, and a possible beheading occur.
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At the Mountains of Madison County

William Dyers, a professor of geology from Miskatonic University, warns of the grave danger of further scientific expiditions into the vast and mysterious Midwest, citing the traumatic and distrubing events of his own previous expedition.  Originally intending to study the alien of bridges that have been built over the rivers in this desolate, uninhabited place, Dyers' team soon discovers the region is indeed inhabited and makes contact with a strange living organism called Francesca.   He attempts to bring Francesca back with him as a sample but she chooses to stay with her family.   Upon being re-united with his camp he discovers some of the others on the expedition have been murdered and others dissappeared.   Together with one of the survivors he gets in an airplane to look for them and, upon surveying the landscape from above, realizes that this desolate land is in fact a vast civilization known as "Iowa".
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