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Review of “Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe” by Carole Boston Weatherford

This is a work of fiction written in free verse as if it came from the pen of Marilyn Monroe. It begins with the epigraph, “No one knows how it feels inside my troubled mind. No one wants to.” That … Continue reading

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Review of “The Lantern Men” by Elly Griffiths

Note: Spoilers for previous books in this series. This twelfth book in the Ruth Galloway crime series will not disappoint its fans. Ruth Galloway was formerly a forensic archeologist at the (fictional) University of North Norfolk. There she occasionally worked … Continue reading

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Review of “Axiom’s End” by Lindsay Ellis

This alternative history is set in 2007. The premise is the revelation of first contact with extraterrestrial life after a whistleblower, Nils Ortega, leaks a memo proving the U.S. Government has known about these others – still on earth! – … Continue reading

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Review of “Silent Bite” by David Rosenfelt

This is #22 in the Andy Carpenter crime/legal procedural series that always manages to get us laughing out loud. Andy Carpenter, the main character, is a “semi-retired” criminal defense attorney in Paterson, New Jersey who hates to work, but keeps … Continue reading

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October 28 – National Chocolate Day

The New York Times reports that Americans spend $21 billion on chocolate every year, but the pandemic has driven an even bigger boost in consumption. Most anthropologists trace the use of cacao products to South America over 5,000 years ago. … Continue reading

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