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Passion and Pain

A sweet novel about Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, two people who were not particularly sweet.

By MOIRA HODGSON

"Dashiell Hammett remembered his first meeting with Lillian Hellman taking place at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles in 1930. She wore a mustard-colored suit and a cloche hat with feathers, looking utterly out of place amid the flashy movie stars. Hellman, on the other hand, thought that their first meeting took place at the Coconut Grove and that she wore a flowered gown and evening gloves for the occasion.

Coconut Grove or Brown Derby, one thing that's certain is that the two met at a Hollywood party and what followed was an affair that lasted on and off for more than 30 years. In "Lillian & Dash," Sam Toperoff has written a sweet novel about two people who weren't particularly sweet. It's a light, absorbing summer read, entertaining without being hokey. ..."

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‘The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan’ by James Scott

World War II 

THE WAR BELOW: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

James ScottM Simon & Schuster. 426 pp. $28

" ... In “The War Below,” James Scott tells a compelling story of this epic struggle through the exploits of three subs and their crews. Relying on memoirs and interviews, he vividly conveys the tension, fear and exhilaration of the combatants. ..."

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 Author of the INCARNATE trilogy Jodi Meadows', THE ORPHAN QUEEN, the first in a new two book series about an orphaned princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom while hiding her power from the masked vigilante hunting her, set in a world where magic is not just forbidden, but will soon destroy everything, again to Sarah Shumway at Katherine Tegen Books, in a very nice deal, in a two book deal, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Review: Lillian & Dash

Lillian and Dash by Sam Toperoff (Other Press, $15.95 paperback, 9781590515686, July 16, 2013)

"Sam Toperoff (Jimmy Dean PreparesQueen of Desire) brings Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett back to life in Lillian & Dash. Much has been written about these two writers, playwrights, political activists, drunks and lovers, but nothing better than this novel. Toperoff does not pretend to be an earwitness to every private conversation, bit of pillow talk or fight; instead, he weaves a great story out of the public evidence that swirled around both parties. ..."

--Valerie Ryan

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 "I Dare You Not to Yawn is perhaps the most effective bedtime story ever written.  ..." 

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 Professor at Northwestern University and author of Shyness Christopher Lane's THE HAMMER AND THE CROSS: HOW AN ALLIANCE OF PREACHERS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS TRANSFORMED AMERICA'S RELIGIOUS LIFE, on the blurring of the lines between religion and medicine that went on to reshape religion as we know it in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, to Jennifer Banks at Yale University Press, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World)

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 "Boudreau’s pacing is impeccable; Bloch’s stylish digitally colored ink illustrations amplify the text’s humor while helping to telegraph its thinly disguised subliminal message. ... . Stop haranguing noncompliant children at bedtime; I Dare You Not to Yawn will put them right where you want them…though be prepared to fall under its spell, too. Resistance is futile." -- Kitty Flynn, The Horn Book Magazine 

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ISABELLA ROSSELLINI'S MAMMAS

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Friday, May 10, 2013

 "Isabella Rossellini’s Mammas is an unsentimental look at motherhood — very unsentimental. The mothers in this new series of film shorts take multiple husbands, abandon their young, even cannibalize them. And they take maternal self-sacrifice to an extreme, letting their hungry young devour them. 

The mothers in these films are, respectively, a dunnock, a cuckoo, a hamster, and a spider. As in her previous series, the celebrated Green Porno, Rossellini wrote,...

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 Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Liesl Olson's CHICAGO RENAISSANCE, explaining how Chicago, our Second City, "Hog Butcher to the World," became the city that, more than any other, fostered the flowering of modernism in literature and art at the beginning of the 20th century, to Steve Wasserman at Yale University Press, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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 Investigative journalist Kathryn Miles's account of the last voyage of the tall ship Bounty and its tragic sinking in the midst of Sandy, the biggest hurricane on record, along with the story of the Coast Guard crews that struggled to save the Bounty's survivors, to Stephen Morrow at Dutton, at auction, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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