The twisted marriage thriller

Who knew that marriage was such a treacherous business? Married people, maybe, and anyone who’s read Gone Girl.  It should not be a surprise to anyone that terrible people and their terrible marriages are a large part of the thriller genre; apparently, the gruesome methods these people use to torment each other know no bounds. So, whether […]

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Learning to draw

Do you doodle?Would you like to improve your skills and learn to draw? I know I would. Drawing’s a fun and relaxing way to get rid of stress and be creative, and drawing can be practically free, for the price of a pencil and a scrap of paper, and it’s portable.  And maybe, just maybe, […]

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Hail to the Chief: great presidential biographies

Presidents Day is coming soon, and if you’re like me, you like fun facts about U.S. presidents. For example, did you know that Franklin Pierce, our 14th president, is considered to be one of our most handsome presidents?  That “Hail to the Chief”,  the official presidential anthem, first became a tradition because James K. Polk […]

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Tales of icy adventure and exploration

Why are stories about polar exploration, and the resulting disasters, so appealing? Are the icicle-laden beards and mustaches of our heroes to blame? The poor frosty gents certainly have my respect and admiration, even if they were sometimes motivated more by vainglorious ambition than the pure search for knowledge. Their heroic stories of endurance and […]

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Who needs resolutions?

The new year always brings big talk about resolutions, ending bad habits, and doing better. However, I’ve finally accepted that I’m a horrible person and likely to stay that way. It’s a time-saving attitude, I feel, and frees me up to worry about where my next good book is coming from. Luckily, I’m a horrible […]

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History for horror fans

Do you adore ghastliness? Are you a fan of the horrid? If you said “yes” to these questions, these nonfiction picks will appeal to your ghoulish nature. Chosen for their revolting subject matter, they are sure to disgust you. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston- A thriller of science “fact” that explains  gruesome filoviruses and […]

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An Australian thriller

When Luke Hadler kills his family, then himself, it splits the small Australian town of Kiewarra apart. In  The Dry, by Jane Harper, Luke’s boyhood friend, Aaron Falk, comes back for the funeral after twenty years, having left as a teenager under the weight of suspicion that he and Luke had had something to do […]

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