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by Vladimir Nabokov
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lolita, Light of My Life, Fire of My Loins. My Sin. My Soul., July 22, 2016
This review is from: Lolita (Paperback)
When you start reading Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel, "Lolita," you don't know whether you're disgusted or fascinated or both by the author, Humbert Humbert, and his narration about his un-natural fascination with Dolores Haze a.k.a. Lolita in his mind. Until they become lovers, he has an unhealthy obsession with her and would do anything for her even marry her mother. When Charlotte is out of the picture permanently, Humbert slowly makes his move. The rest of the novel is convoluted story about a very dysfunctional relationship between a middle aged childless widower and a young girl who acts like a woman.

When the novel was released in 1955, it was controversial for its explicit sexual content. By today's standards, it would be pretty tame in comparison to current literature. Sadly, the novel is based on a man's fascination and obsession. Somehow reality destroyed the fantasy of an older man seeking a young nymphet like Dolores for a sexual relationship. The movie version had Lolita older by a few years. At first, you want sympathy for Dolores Haze, a motherless girl, but she doesn't come across sympathetic. She uses him to get what she wants out of life.

Genie: A Scientific Tragedy
Genie: A Scientific Tragedy
by Russ Rymer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World Will Never Understand!, July 22, 2016
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If you didn't know the story, you probably wouldn't believe it. Genie whose real name has been shielded by researchers and the press was horrifically abused as a child by her abusive biological father. Once Genie was revealed to have permanent brain injury, he imprisoned her in the home in Temple City. Her father didn't want children when he married her mother. They already lost one infant daughter to neglect. Her father didn't like noise and children especially babies make lots of noise. The home had to be quiet even the television was off most of the time. Her father had kept her a prisoner of the world inside a room.

When Genie and her mother escaped the abusive environment, her father would take his life leaving a note saying "The World Will Never Understand." Perhaps true and still we don't know how somebody could abuse their disabled child for so long. The book chronicles how Genie became a prize among researchers. Genie was hospitalized and given plenty of attention and care in the hospital environment. When she was ready for a home, she went with her teacher and later a couple. Susan Curtiss, the linguist at University of California, Los Angeles, had studied and worked with Genie for years. Susan developed a bond and friendship with her as well.

Unfortunately all the progression and improvements would be overshadowed by the battle for Genie. She returned home to her mother, once but it failed. She is now living in a group home and about 60 years old. We'll never know because she has been shielded from the public since she re-entered her mother's care. This book not only chronicles her life but the research about feral children and learning the language. The book would be highly recommended for linguistics and child psychology reading lists.

Mack & Mabel
Mack & Mabel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Heals Everything! Time has made Mack & Mabel even more popular!, July 22, 2016
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This review is from: Mack & Mabel (Audio CD)
I only knew about the Jerry Herman musical, "Mac & Mabel," from legendary British ice dancers, Jayne Torvill And Christopher Dean, who performed the overture and won the World Ice Dance Championship. They were the first non-Soviet pair to win the world championship. You can watch it online now.

Then I heard the magnificent Barbara Cook sing the songs, "Time Heals Everything," and "Look What Happened To Mabel." Cook paid tribute to legendary Broadway director, Gower Champion, at a show for the Cafe Carlyle. She talked about how Gower Champion directed her former co-star from "The Music Man," Robert Preston who played Mack Sennett and the popular Bernadette Peters, who played Mabel Normand.

Of course after hearing about "Mack & Mabel," I just had to hear the original Broadway soundtrack. I don't know if "Mack & Mabel" was Jerry Herman's best score but it is definitely a treat to listen too.

Sadly this musical production only lasted about 70 Broadway performances but it was nominated for eight Tony Awards that year. With classic songs like "Time Heals Everything," "Look What Happened to Mabel," and "Tap Your Troubles Away, and more, you can't help but enjoy listening to this uplifting musical score.

If you enjoy listening to Broadway musical scores, you will love the original Broadway soundtrack with Broadway legends like Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters in the title roles.

The Creation of an Ensemble: The First Years of American Conservatory Theatre
The Creation of an Ensemble: The First Years of American Conservatory Theatre
by John R. Wilk
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keep theater young. Keep theater alive. Keep theater in San Francisco. Keep or start going to American Conservatory Theater., July 20, 2016
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John R. Wilk chronicles the early history of the American Conservatory Theatre Company where it searched for a permanent home and ended up in San Francisco, California. The American Conservatory Theatre has become an American theatrical institution of high quality productions and theatrical education. If I lived in the San Francisco area, I would definitely want a season pass to see their remarkable selection of theatrical productions over the years.

This book explains and details the first twenty years in which the American Conservatory Theatre Company's beginning, its search for home, and it's indelible legacy in our country's culture. The American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, California was bestowed the prestigious Regional Tony Award for its groundbreaking and excellence in theatre outside Broadway.

I enjoy the black and white photographs but I would have preferred a detailed list of the season productions with dates and cast list for my own personal information. If you're interested in one of America's great success stories in theatre, this book will come useful for any theatre history enthusiast.

Tumi V3 Extended Trip Packing Suitcases, Black
Tumi V3 Extended Trip Packing Suitcases, Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Safe, Sturdy and Reliable!, July 20, 2016
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I was very impressed by the size and style of this suitcase. I found it perfect for those long vacation stays or for multiple travelers. The suitcase is larger than most but can pack a lot of clothes and other items. It comes with an outside name tag, a lock, and cover with a white bag which I could use later to store my laundry.

This suitcase is ideal for traveling on long trips. I would highly recommend this suitcase as safe, sturdy and reliable.

Tommy Hilfiger Cordura Nylon Multipurpose Backpack, Black, One Size
Tommy Hilfiger Cordura Nylon Multipurpose Backpack, Black, One Size
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Wouldn't Expect Anything Less From Tommy Hilfiger!, July 20, 2016
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Tommy Hilfiger Cordura Nylon multipurpose backpack is perfect for the traveler, student, or the worker on the go. This product has a high quality in production value. You wouldn't expect anything less from Tommy Hilfiger. The one size backpack is also suitable for an overnight trip and is ideal setting to store your laptop. There are plenty of uses for this backpack. This backpack lives up to the standards of Tommy Hilfiger and his company.

Hamlet (Bloom's Major Literary Characters (Hardcover))
Hamlet (Bloom's Major Literary Characters (Hardcover))
by Janyce Marson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $40.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight, Sweet Prince!, July 20, 2016
Harold Bloom's Major Literary Character Series would be incomplete without Hamlet, William Shakespeare's tragic hero. This book is a compilation of essays and in-depth analysis. With Bloom's Major Literary Character Series, you should be familiar with Hamlet. This book includes Harold Bloom's essay, "The Analysis of Character," which is the same in every book in this series. He includes an editor's note, introduction, a character profiles, contributors' profiles, bibliography and an index.

The book includes essays from notable literary scholars like "Hamlet," by William Hazlitt; "Hamlet" by A.C. Bradley; "Hamlet," by Harold C. Goddard; "Superposed Plays; Hamlet," by Richard A. Lanham; "Hamlet," by William Empson; "Hamlet," by Northrop Frye; "Readiness, Ripeness: Hamlet, Lear," by Yves Bonnefoy; "Truant Dispositions: Hamlet and Machiavelli," by Julia Lupton; "The Melancholy Dane," by Bert O. States; "Hamlet and the Ghost of Purgatory: Intimations of Killing the Father," by Anthony Low; and "A King of Infinite Space," by John Lee.

The world renowned literary scholar and critic, Professor Harold Bloom, is indeed the foremost expert on anything by William Shakespeare. You can read his enthusiasm in his introduction about Hamlet. He certainly enjoys William Shakespeare more than most people. This book is aimed at literary scholars and perhaps students studying Hamlet for a class. The more familiar you are with Hamlet, the better the book is for you as a reader.

Stealing Sunlight: Growing Up in Irishtown
Stealing Sunlight: Growing Up in Irishtown
by Angeline Kearns Blain
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Things Happen In Threes!, July 20, 2016
Angeline Kearns Blain writes about her life in the slums of Dublin, Ireland from 1938 to 1957 until she immigrated to the United States with an American husband. The book is written in two parts: Part I is O'Brien's Place and Part II is the George Reynolds' House. Much like Frank McCourt's memoir, "Angela's Ashes," this memoir is equally horrifying and detailed with early memories of a harsh upbringing in the slums of Dublin, Ireland.

If you enjoy reading "Angela's Ashes," you will enjoy this book as well. The life of Angeline Kearns Blain in Dublin, Ireland was filled with poverty, death, and the harsh realities of the poor. The writing could use some improvement but the memoir is still written effectively overall. Part I is O'Brien's Place where it was later condemned as uninhabitable and they moved to George Reynolds' House. The O'Brien's Place were slums where Angeline and her family lived in one room and on meager earnings.

Men at Work: Season 1
Men at Work: Season 1
DVD ~ Danny Masterson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clueless, Dumped, Ladies' Man and Pretty Boy!, July 19, 2016
This review is from: Men at Work: Season 1 (DVD)
Breckin Meyer has created a fine sitcom about four young men working together for a magazine in New York City. Danny Masterson plays Milo, newly dumped, and back into the singles scene. Adam Busch plays clueless Neal. James Lesure plays Gibbs, the ladies man and Michael Cassidy plays pretty boy Tyler. J.K. Simmons plays their wealthy employer.

The first season is only ten episodes on two discs. There are outtakes and deleted scenes as special features. The comedy is funny at times with notable guest appearances and cameos. The writing nor the acting are over the top. The series is funny and entertaining at times. I missed Danny Masterson most of all from the television screen. Milo is completely different than Steven Hyde ever was on That Seventies Show. Laura Prepon makes a guest appearance in the first season.

Rave Reviews: A Cookbook by the Friends of Ogunquit Playhouse
Rave Reviews: A Cookbook by the Friends of Ogunquit Playhouse
by Friends of Ogunquit Playhouse
Edition: Spiral-bound
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Broadway to Ogunquit, Maine; The Ideal Cookbook for Theatre Lovers!, July 19, 2016
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The Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine is located at the Southern tip of the state line and popular summer location. Since July 1, 1933, the Ogunquit Playhouse has become a theatrical institution. The playhouse has attracted performers from all ranges. This playhouse has attracted Broadway performers and others to this lovely location for the cool weather and relaxed environment. Performers such as Kitty Carlisle Hart, Rex Reed, Lee Roy Reams, Jean Stapleton, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Cloris Leachman and former First Lady Barbara Bush have donated recipes to this book.

The friends of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine have compiled an in-depth cookbook of recipes for Appetizers; Breakfast, Brunch and Bread; Soups and Salads; Vegetables, Pasta, and Rice; Entrees with poultry and game, meats, and seafood; Desserts with cakes, cookies, pies and other.

The Appetizer recipes include Caponata from Annette Fazio of Fazio's Italian Restaurant of York, Maine; Cheese Fondue, Roasted Red Pepper Crostini by Cindy Perkins, Perkins & Perkins Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Empanadas by Rex Reed, famous critic of New York City; Gravlax by Melissa Ettinger of Clay Hill Farm of York, Maine; Steamed Mussels in Pernod and Coriander Sauce by Chef Pierre of 98 P.R.O.V.E.N.C.E. of Ogunquit, Maine; Salmon Mousse A La Hart by Kitty Carlisle Hart; and many more in this section.

The Breakfast, Brunch and Bread recipes include Stuffed French Toast with Apricot-Orange Sauce by Tony Fontes of The Gazebo Bed and Breakfast Inn of Ogunquit, Maine; Italian Bread by Annette Fazio of Fazio's Italian Restaurant in York, Maine; Liz's Sour Cream and Pecan Coffee Cake by Lee Roy Reams, actor, of New York City; Tomato Focaccia by Roberto's Restaurant by Ogunquit, Maine; Blueberry Drop Biscuits by Primi Winkler of Ye Olde Perkins Place in Cape Neddick, Maine; and many more.

The Soups and Salads unit includes recipes such as Black Bean Salad by Cloris Leachman, actress, of California; Couscous Salad Ogunquit by Peggy Cosgrove, actress, of New York City; Chilled Maine Lobster Salad with Tomato Tarragon Vinaigrette and Frisee by Arrows Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Cranberry Salad of Jo Sullivan Loesser of New York City; Piquant Cole Slaw; Spinach Onion Bowl by Donna Brown of Scotch Hill Inn of Ogunquit, Maine; Spring Vegetable Salad of Roberto's Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine and more in the salad unit.

The soup section includes recipes like Brice Cheese Soup by Gerald Bonsey of York Harbor Inn of York Harbor, Maine; Corn and Potato Chowder by Johanna Varas of Bue Willow Restaurant, Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine; Crab Soup; Gazpacho Sevillana; German Lentil Soup; Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini; Judy Marie's Seafood Chowder; Meat and Cabbage Borscht; Not Just Another "New England" clam chowder; Mullegatawny Soup; Peanut Butter Soup; Pumpkin Chicken Chowder; Scotch Broth; Summer Gazpacho; Vegetarian Chili and Chowder; Watercress Bisque; Winter Tarragon Soup; and more in this section.

The Vegetables, Pasta and Rice unit includes recipes for "Vegetables," like Bar Harbor Onions; Spinach and Roquefort; Daisy's Barbecued Lima Beans; Cheesed Potatoes in Foil; Crispy Okra with Garden Tomatoes, Basil Pesto and Bacon by Arrows Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Broccoli, Pancetta and Garlic and Ricotta Gnocchi by Roberto's Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Linguine with Lobster and Braised Garlic and Lobster Lasagna by Brooks McDonald of Hurricane Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine and Martha Griffin of Kennebunkport Inn of Kennebunkport, Maine; Lobster Risotto with Fresh Tomato Basil by Joseph Pirkola of Raspberri's restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Manicotti with Sauce by Fazio's Restaurant of York, Maine; Pasta Amore by Cafe Amore of Ogunquit, Maine; and many more in this section.

The entree section includes recipes like Chicken Almondine with Antonio De Soto, Cafe Shelton of York Beach, Maine; Juliet Prowse Chicken Curry by Lee Roy Reams, actor, of New York City; 'Down East Duck' by Chef Geoffrey Boardman, Inn at Goose Rocks, Kennebunkport, Maine; Grilled Breast of Duck with Candied Beet Puree, Pan Seared Sweet Potatoes and Cracklin by Chef Art Landis of Jonathan's Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine; Smoked Duck Hash with Poblano Cream Sauce by Chefs Christopher and Tracey Andreson of Hartwell House, Ogunquit, Maine; Jack Daniels New York Strip Steak by Chef Nick Roosevelt of Moon Snail Grill of Ogunquit, Maine; Spicy New England Pot Roast by Bunny Hart of the Ogunquit Playhouse; Poor Richard's Yankee Pot Roast Jardinere by Richard Perkins of Poor Richard's Tavern of Ogunquit, Maine; Lamb Osso Bucco with Green Olive, Tomato, Sage from the kitchen of Cape Neddick Inn Restaurant, Chef Michele Duval, a member of the American Culinary Federation, in Cape Neddick, Maine; Lobster Dublin Lawyer by Philip S. Lusty of Dockside Restaurant of York Harbor, Maine; Mussels Fra Diablo by Michael D. Graves, Shore Cafe in Ogunquit, Maine; Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet Dijon Mustard Cream by Gerald Bonsey of York Harbor Inn of York Harbor, Maine; and many more in this section.

The Dessets section includes recipes such as Blueberry Cake by Tracey Anderson of Hartwell House of Ogunquit, Maine; Cassata Alla Siciliana by Bobby Falite of Pasta-Pasta of Wakesfield, Massachusetts; Burns' Family Dark Fruit Cake, Dark and Spicy Pumpkin Pie by Gene Burns of San Francisco,California; Rum Cake by Diana Evans, The Lobster Shack, Perkins Cove, of Ogunquit, Maine; Profiteroles by Kitty Carlisle Hart of New York City; Apple Squares by Donna and Dick Brown of Scotch Hill Inn of Ogunquit, Maine; Butterscotch Pie by Jo Sullivan Loesser of New York City; Captain Charles' Favorite Grunt by K. We are of the Cliff House of Ogunquit, Maine; Dina's Delight by Dina Merrill, actress, from New York City; Key Lime Pie by Philip S. Lusty of Dockside Guest Quarters and Restaurant of York Maine; Old Fashioned Apple Crisp by Richard Perkins of Poor Richard's Tavern of Ogunquit, Maine; Roberto's Famous Tiramisu, Chocolate Truffles, of Roberto's Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Red, White and Blue Cobbler by Barbara Bush (Former First Lady and summer resident) of Kennebunkport, Maine; Chocolate Fondue by Jean Stapleton, actress, of New York City; Dvorsky's Dirt by George Dvorsky, actor, of New York City; White Chocolate Creme Brûlée by Chef Roberta Pomeroy, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant of Ogunquit, Maine; Fruit Topped Bread Pudding by Chef Boe Boelling of The Grey Gull Inn of Wells, Maine; and many more.

The Accompaniments include recipes like Pear Chutney by Chef Michael D. Graves of Shore Cafe, Ogunquit, Maine; Honey French Dressing by York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, Maine; Sour Cream and Dill Salad Dressing by the Lobster Shack of Ogunquit, Maine; Mat's BBQ Sauce by Mathew Price of Wells, Maine; Marinara Sauce #2 by Pasta Pasta Restaurant by Wakefield, Massachusetts; and many more.

The book is three hundred pages of recipes and information. There are no illustration or photographs in this collection. The Friends of Ogunquit Playhouse have done a tremendous job in collecting recipes especially from local restaurants in Maine. This cookbook is a delight to read with a variety and diverse recipes.

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