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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

When Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957, critics dismissed it as melodramatic, overwrought, and didactic. The dialogue, they said, was incredibly boring, repetitive, and long-winded. Characters launched into philosophical diatribes that had little to do with the action or scene

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The Orchardist

The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin

They were two girls dressed in raggedy clothes, standing beneath the awning of the hardware store. Their faces were dirty, their hair tangled, their bodies distended. They were pregnant. Both of them. And hungry. William Talmadge had driven his wagon filled with apples and apricots to town that Sunday morning. He set up his fruit […]

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Nightwoods

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

The first line of Frazier’s new novel pulls you in:  “Luce’s new stranger children were small and beautiful and violent.”  You just can’t quit after a line like that; you have to go on.  Follow with “The children loved fire above all elements of creation,” and you have the beginnings of a tale of crime […]

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Joyce McKinney

Tabloid: A Documentary

Kidnapping, rape, guns and handcuffs, The Joy of Sex, blue silk pajamas: the new Errol Morris documentary has it all. Based on the notorious Case of the Manacled Mormon, Tabloid is a delightful film. For fully half the movie you don’t know what to believe

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Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander

Within My Heart, Tamera Alexander

Within my Heart by Tamera Alexander is many things:  a historical novel, a romance novel, a romance novel that fits nicely into the subcategory Christian romance.  Central to the story is the developing relationship between the the beautiful young widow, Rachel Boyd, and the town physician, Dr. Rand Brookston. This is the first romance book […]

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The Town

The Town

The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck:  go see it.  It’s a great movie.  I give it four stars. Set in a section of Boston that produces more bank robbers and petty criminals than just about anywhere in America, this is a dramatic thriller like nothing you’ve seen before.  You’ll find yourself cheering for […]

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