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Audiobook Review: As You Wish

By on August 15, 2018

It’s taken me a long long time to give audiobooks a fair shot. I always fell firmly in the “It doesn’t count if you’re listening” camp. I know I…

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Book Cover As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Cary Elwes
Non-fiction
272

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

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Book Review: The Paris Wedding

By on July 6, 2018

As if things couldn’t get any worse, the day Rachael’s mother dies she receives an invitation to her former boyfriend’s wedding…in Paris. For the past ten years, Rachael’s taken…

The Paris Wedding Book Cover The Paris Wedding
Charlotte Nash
Fiction
William Morrow Paperbacks
336

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Book Review: Where Hope Begins

By on June 28, 2018

Meet Savannah Barrington, a mother of two with a husband who just had an affair and is now asking for a divorce. This sounds like the start to any…

Where Hope Begins Book Cover Where Hope Begins
Catherine West
Thomas Nelson
May 2018
368

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Book vs. Movie: Fahrenheit 451

By on June 17, 2018

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Fahrenheit 451 introduces us to a future where happiness is only found through fake entertainment provided by the “walls”, full size TV screens in every home. Guy Montag…

Fahrenheit 451 Book Cover Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Fiction
October 1953
158

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

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Review: Lighthouse Beach

By on June 15, 2018

When Lillo receives an invite to the wedding of her childhood friend, Jess, she isn’t quite sure what to expect. They haven’t spoken in years, but she discovers Jess…

Lighthouse Beach Book Cover Lighthouse Beach
Shelley Noble
Fiction
William Morrow Paperbacks
May 29, 2018
400