Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mysteries, Laughs, Parisians, and Little House on the Prairie

Strange Images of Death by Barbara Cleverly
Set in 1926, Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is on leave, wending his way through France to the Riviera. En route, he stops off at a chateau in the Luberon, where his passenger--his niece--is to join her father for a season as one of a group of artists, the guests of a generous yet enigmatic host. But arriving at the chateau, they notice a distinct lack of 'dance, Provencal song, and sunburnt mirth.' A troubling crime committed just days earlier has left a sense of panic among the guests.

The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival by Ken Wheaton
Father Steve Sibille has come home to the bayou to take charge of St. Pete's church. Among his challenges are teenybopper altar girls, insomnia-curing confessions, and alarmingly alluring congregant Vicky Carrier. Then there's Miss Rita, an irrepressible centenarian with a taste of whiskey, cracklins, and sticking her nose in other people's business. When an outsider threatens to poach Father Steve's flock, Miss Rita suggests he fight back by staging an event that will keep St. Pete's parishioners loyal forever.

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten.

The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House by Melissa Anderson
When other girls her age were experiencing their first crushes, Melissa Anderson was receiving handwritten marriage proposals from fans as young, and younger, than she was. When other girls were dreaming of their first kiss, Melissa was struggling through hers in front of a camera. From age eleven in 1974 until she left the show in 1981, Melissa Anderson literally grew up before the viewers of Little House on the Prairie.

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