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Once a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post, Adams, revisits familiar terrainâ€”international terrorismâ€”in her latest novel, THE ROOM AND THE CHAIR. Set alternately in Washington D.C., Iran and the Afghan-Pakistan border, the novel looks at the interplay between the media and the government and how they work together to determine what information the public is really fed.
I thought, as I closed this book SUPREME COURTSHIP, Well, that was fun! I mention this because I typically finish a book and think it was good, or so-so, or not so good. I canâ€™t remember the last time I thought a book was simply fun. And the other thing, I laughed out loud. My dog looked up at me in wonderment.
The movie, NATIONAL TREASURE, enjoyed healthy box office numbers in part because of Dan Brown’s humongous hit of a novel, THE DA VINCI CODE. Instead of mining clues from symbols in architecture and secretive organizations throughout Europe, it zeroed in on Washington D.C. and its Freemason founders. Now, Dan Brown has ironically chosen the same location and the same Masonic brotherhood as the basis for his new Robert Langdon thriller, THE LOST SYMBOL.
Poetry lovers rejoice! Here comes a book for those who exult in word play and delight in the beauty of phrases that trip off the tongue. Here is a volume that savors and celebrates verse as a many-splendored thing: “For instance, ‘They flee from me that sometimes did me seek.’ Or ‘I had no human fears.’ Or ‘Ye littles, lie more close.’ Or ‘The restless pulse of care.’ Or ‘Give me my scallop-shell of quiet.’ “
When Joe DeMarco, â€śfixerâ€ť for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney is called into the Speakerâ€™s office to help him â€śhelp a friendâ€ť whose reporter son has drowned, he has no idea how his private investigation into the reporterâ€™s death will mushroom into a case which will ultimately affect his partyâ€™s choice of a Presidential candidate. HOUSE SECRETS is the fourth in Mike Lawson’s Joe DeMarco series.
With his 15th novel, THE TURNAROUND, George Pelecanos has written another powerful story that permits him to expound on the themes and issues his writing has centered on: the possibility of reconciliation, the meaning of work, the issues of race and class, the importance of family and friendship, and sacrifice.
May 8, 2009
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Tags: Crime, George Pelecanos, Mid-Life Crisis Â· Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Class - Race - Gender, Contemporary, Family Matters, Literary, Reading Guide, Washington, D.C.