Accidents of Providence

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stacia M Brown
Accidents of Providence
Rachel Lockyer is on trial for murdering her illegitimate infant. In 1649 England, if convicted, the sentence is death.  The investigator, Thomas Bartwain, who charged her with murder, is questioning the legal process. Rachel is not speaking in her own defense and the young prosecutor wants to make an example of her in this very public trial.  This is a story of forbidden love, guilt and innocence, and the peculiarities and brutality of the 17th century legal system.

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Accidents of providence

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stacia M Brown
Accidents of providence
Rachel Lockyer is on trial for murdering her illegitimate infant.  In 1649 England, if convicted the sentence is death.  The investigator, Thomas Bartwain, who charged her with murder, is questioning the legal process. Rachel is not speaking in her own defense. The young prosecutor wants to make an example of her in this very public trial.  This is a story of forbidden love, guilt and innocence, and the peculiarities and brutality of the 17th century legal system.

The rogue : searching for the real Sarah Palin

From Jackie  Cantwell
Author:  Joe  McGinniss
The rogue : searching for the real Sarah Palin 
One word to describe this book is: juicy!  If you’re a fan of Sarah Palin, you’ll consider this book a hatchet job.  If you’re not a fan, you’ll devour every word.  One thing is certain: Sarah made many enemies along the way, many of whom were willing to talk to the author. There are many revelations. She does not cook or clean, and her children essentially raised themselves.  Any parental supervision they received was by Todd, her husband. She and Todd fight and threaten divorce all the time. She rarely eats, instead surviving on caffeinated drinks. She has serious mood swings. She can’t keep to a schedule and has never had a legislative agenda, except to mix religion with government.  She viewed the  governorship as a P.T. job, going in at 10 AM and leaving by 3 or 4 PM. She would go straight to bed when she came home, and didn’t want to be  disturbed. She’s obsessed with shopping and reading People magazine. A strength she possesses is that she is good at meet-and-greet events during campaigns. She fought to get her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, because he was divorcing her sister. She fired all of the people of color after she was elected governor.  John Bitney, her legislative director, was quoted as saying “She just isn’t comfortable in the presence of dark-skinned people.” Mr. McGinniss rented the house next door to the Palins as he was researching the book. Fox News jumped onto Palin’s claim that McGinniss was peering into Piper’s bedroom from his balcony. He used the balcony to make cell phone calls & to look at the lake. It wasn’t possible to peep into Piper’s bedroom from his home. A “Cast of characters” and an index would have been helpful.

Palinisms : the accidental wit and wisdom of Sarah Palin

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Jacob Weisberg
Palinisms : the accidental wit and wisdom of Sarah Palin 
According to the author’s very humorous introduction, Palinisms occur when Palin expresses one of her views about God, Alaska, oil drilling, or the political establishment in her idiosyncratically involuted syntax.  According to Weisberg, Palin’s exuberant incoherence testifies to an unusually wide gulf between confidence and ability. She is proud of what she doesn’t know and contemptuous of those “experts” and “elitists” who are too knowledgeable to be trusted.  Here are some of my favorites. When asked by Katie Couric which newspapers she reads, Sarah replied, “All of ’em, any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years.” And this is Sarah speaking at a town hall meeting in  Michigan, “Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s  not.”  And Sarah explains her foreign policy experience to Katie Couric, “As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”  This book is a lot of fun and at just 96 pages, it can be read in one sitting.

The Kill Artist

From Hannah Columbo
author: Silva, Daniel
The Kill Artist
In this  first book of the Gabriel Allon series, Gabriel, a former assassin for Israel’s foreign intelligence service, the Mossad  retired after the murders of his wife and son to lead a quiet life as an art restorer, one who fixes the wounded past. Gabriel’s ex-boss, Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster,convinces Gabriel to leave his sheltered hermitage to hunt down Tariq, the assassin who killed Gabriel’s family.Silva explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from many, many angles.

The Good Wife

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Buchan, Elizabeth
The Good Wife
The title of this book caught my eye because of its similarity to the title of the popular TV program, The Good Wife.  The similarities continues with the main characters: a career politician and straying husband (Will) and a wife (Fanny) who sacrifices her own passions and career to the demands of being a “good” wife and mother.  Further complicating Fanny’s life are her ambivalent feelings about her live-in alcoholic sister-in-law.  When Fanny’s father dies and her daughter leaves the nest, Fanny sets off on a journey of self-exploration and personal fulfillment.  Set in England and Italy, this book flows easily and seamlessly as it navigates themes of imperfect marriage, family dynamics, and midlife crisis.

The art of the steal [videorecording]

From Chris Garland
The art of the steal [videorecording]
The documentary film; “The Art of the Steal;” tells the story of the multi-billion dollar Barnes art collection. In 1922 Dr. Albert Barnes established an educational institution around his priceless art in suburban Philadelphia. In his will he directed that his foundation should always be an educational institution and that the artworks should not be moved. Over the last fifty years there has been an ongoing battle over the fate of his treasure. Do the Philadelphia politicians and cultural power elite get their way or will the terms of Dr. Barnes’ will be honored?