An unnamed narrator and his friend, Magnus, go to the circus. A magician asks for volunteers for his disappearing act. Magnus volunteers and never comes back.
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It is terrifying to think that there are some incompetent nincompoops, or simply uncaring bureaucrats, in charge of programs meant to help millions of people costing billions of dollars.
Some say the book is a thinly disguised biography based on Witherspoon government work. A chapter is leaked, journalists dig into his past in to discredit him
In a small Swedish town, a bank robbery has taken place. The bank robber is, obviously, not a professional for trying to rob a cashless bank. The robber stumbles into a showing for an apartment, on New Year’s Eve no less, and accidentally turns the incident into a hostage situation.
Fortune’s Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora – A historical novel about a woman who used her wits and good looks to become the wife of the ruler of the empire.
Mrs. Robinson was charged to allegedly changed the grades to conform with standardized testing, & circumstances caused public schools to be considered failures
Mr. Mangan really gets into a character’s mind and when he tells the story through their lens he lends them credibility and authenticity.
The story actually has three protagonists, Max Cohn, a kid in present day Los Angeles, Moshe Goldenhirsch who is a young Jewish man at the heyday of World War II, and again, Moshe as an elderly retiree in present day Los Angeles
Douglas Adams (11 March, 1952 – 11 May, 2001) was an English humorist and dramatist best known for his series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3154283 1) Mr. Adams had some interesting jobs throughout his life. He was a a bodyguard to oil tycoons from Qatar and cleaning chicken sheds at one point. 2) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy started as a radio show. The idea occurred to Mr. Adams while he lay drunk in a field in Austria looking at the stars. 3) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a trilogy… of five books. 4) Mr. Adams was never a prolific writer and constantly missed deadlines. He had to be forced by others to do any writing. Mr. Adams was known for saying: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” 5) Mr. Adams also wrote three episodes of the TV series Dr. Who. 6) Not only did Douglas Adams wrote for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, he also appeared in two episodes. 7) Pink Floyd’s 1994 album, The Division Bell, was named by Mr. Adams. 8) Mr. Adams was the first person in the…
About: Good Morning, Mr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange is a memoir of Mr. Mandela’s private secretary. This is Ms. la Grange’s first book, which I understand caused some controversy as it is the first such memoir to come out after Mr. Mandela’s death. 384 pages Publisher: Viking Adult Language: English ISBN-10: 0525428283 My rating for Good Morning, Mr. Mandela – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format* Thoughts: Good Morning, Mr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange is a heartfelt memoir in which Ms. la Grange shares with the reader her intimate and personal knowledge of Mr. Mandela. The author confirms what we already know; Mr. Mandela was a great humanitarian, an excellent leader and simply, a wonderful human being. Ms. la Grange was very close to Mr. Mandela, in fact he called her his “adopted granddaughter” and was handpicked by Mr. Mandela as a young Afrikaan girl. At first Ms. la Grange was skeptical, being brought up to think blacks were inferior, however Mr. Mandela changed her mind as he changed the whole country. I really liked the way the book is laid out, not only chronologically but by relevant sections within each timeline. For example the…