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Book: Missoula

No one would call "Missoula" a fun book to read; it deals (very) graphically with rape, drunkenness, group think and appalling miscarriages of justice. But Jon Krakauer's fluid style and strong research ...

Book: Breaking Blue

“Breaking Blue” is the true story of a murder, a culture of corruption and coverups, the Great Depression, remote Northeast Washington and, most of all, an interest that becomes a passion that ...

Book: The Wilderness of Ruin

The vague title, “The Wilderness of Ruin,” tells readers nothing about this nonfiction book. The subtitle tells them too much — or rather, misleads them into thinking this is ...

Book: Go Set a Watchman / Harper Lee

I didn’t plan to read “Go Set a Watchman.” I figured I was completely satisfied by author Harper Lee’s earlier, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Go ...

Book: The Photograph

"The Photograph" is a small bell of a novel that rings loudly and resonates long after the last page is read. Penelope Lively raises big questions here: What would we do if we discovered something about ...

DVD: Alfie

Alfie (Michael Caine) is a ladies man who employs considerable charm attract to women, but then treats them poorly. He regards the many women in his life as only worth whatever pleasure they can ...

DVD: Diplomacy

The Wehrmacht is surrounded, and what was once the cushiest post in the Reich now has the Allies knocking at the gates. Gen. von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), a careerist Prussian officer, has recently ...

Book: The Girl on the Train

As she commutes back and forth to London, Rachel fantasizes about a house she passes along the way. The owners are a golden couple, ideally matched and so much in love, she decides. She even gives them ...

DVD: To Kill A Mockingbird

DVD Based on the classic novel of the same name, 1963’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch brings to life the story of a black man falsely accused of rape ...

DVD: High Noon

Criminal Frank Miller has been pardoned on a technicality and is returning to a dusty town on the noon train to seek revenge. Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is about to turn in his badge and leave town ...

Book: The Birthday Present

A clock ticks away beneath the action in "The Birthday Present." As each second passes, the tension builds for readers, who think they know the whole story and are wondering when the novel's other characters ...

Book: Something Blue

Judy, the narrator of “Something Blue,” is one of those characters readers will simply love. She’s a strong woman who deals gracefully with some pretty awful situations — but in ...

DVD: Selma

Maybe you were there, or watched it on TV while it was happening. Or you may have learned about it in history class. There is no doubt denying the dramatic and inspirational power of the story ...

Book: Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?

  Who’s afraid of Virginia ham? Certainly not Chas Wheatley, food critic at the Washington Examiner, who’s open to eating all parts of the pig prepared every which way. But country ...

DVD: Lonesome Dove

Not content to while away their last days on their isolated ranch in sleepy Lonesome Dove, former Texas rangers Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) decide to move their cattle ...

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