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review: Bonnie & Clyde : Dam Nation

Bonnie & Clyde: Dam Nation Book 2 by Clark Hays & Kathleen McFall In this second installment of Hays & McFall’s Bonnie & Clyde series, the dynamic duo find themselves in Boulder City, Nevada at the site of the Hoover Dam (then styled Boulder Dam), with orders from the ever persistent government official, Sal, to discover the source of apparent sabotage to the enormous structure. The budding labor union, foreign anarchists, supposed communists, and the Las Vegas-based mob are all on the long list of suspects, and in order to ingratiate themselves into the inner workings of the community, “Clarence” and “Brenda” must do the unthinkable: hold down good, honest jobs as a cover for their spy ring. Meanwhile, Bonnie Parker’s parallel story in 1984…

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review: Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road

Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road by Hays and McFall What if Bonnie and Clyde didn’t meet their end in 1934 as the newspapers reported? This imaginative alternate account of the story extends their tale to a round of further adventures in which the notorious lovers receive a sort of redemption of their past deeds. They’ve been forcefully recruited by a mysterious government official of dubious credentials, and have been entrusted with a dangerous and seemingly impossible task–tracking down and eliminating an assassin aimed at the White House. From the dusty roads of small-town USA to glittery New York City, Bonnie and Clyde take on various personas, blustering their way through schemes conjured up in a pinch. Their own fate, that of their family, and even…

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review: A Wilder Rose

A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series has been a staple in children’s literature for decades, but how many readers know the truth behind its authorship? In A Wilder Rose, Albert takes readers through the years leading up to the stock market crash and through the Great Depression—the years in which the Wilders and their adult daughter lived together on their farm, Rocky Ridge, in Mansfield, Missouri. Rose Wilder Lane was a prolific writer and journalist, churning out newspaper and magazine articles for top dollar. Unfortunately, she lost a great deal of money in crash, and found the writer’s market, which had been plentiful, drying up across the board. As part of a long-ago debt to…

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Audiobook Pick: A Wilder Rose

A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert Audiobook narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal book description: “The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines the fascinating story of Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an intrepid world traveler and writer who returned to her parents’ Ozark farm, Rocky Ridge, in 1928. There she began a collaboration with her mother on the pioneer stories that would captivate generations of readers around the world. Despite the books’ success, Rose’s involvement would remain a secret long after both women died. A vivid account…

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review: Country Folklore 1920’s & 1930’s

Country Folklore 1920’s & 1930’s …and That’s the Way It Was by Louise K. Nelson This gem of a book offers invaluable resources for writers of the Depression Era in the rural areas of the South. Because the author lived through the times, the information is firsthand and authentic, if somewhat simplistic. The repetitive nature of the writing is due to the fact that it’s a collection of articles from various publications, put together to form a book. Even so, it’s a quick enjoyable read with much insight into the lifestyle of the amazingly resilient people who lived in a remote cove in western North Carolina. This book covers every aspect of farm life, from the endless daily routine of producing, tending, gathering, and preparing…

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