When it comes to holiday cheer, Des Moines residents and communities are lighting up the night with glittering bulbs around town. So grab a mug of hot chocolate and warm up the car, then head out to these Des Moines-area Christmas light displays.
Few tasks are as difficult as picking out just the right book for people on your Christmas list.
Three Iowa independent booksellers have made it easy, choosing nine books with Iowa ties published in 2017.
All three chose the excellent work of non-fiction from Iowa’s own Ice Cube Press, “Women and the Land,” a book that was showcased
Read more at: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/life/2017/12/06/9-christmas-reads-perfectly-capture-iowa/928122001/
Since his retirement as a West Texas lawyer, Bill Neal has forged a second career writing about famous and infamous murder cases on the Texas frontier.
Neal spent 40 years in West Texas courtrooms, 20 as a prosecutor and 20 as a defense attorney, before putting his research and writing skills to work as an author.
Neal, who now lives in Abilene, has written six books dealing with frontier justice, or the lack thereof, beginning with Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier and Sex, Murder, and the Unwritten Law.
His latest historical true crime book is Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado: The Assassination of J.W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero (University of North Texas Press, $24.95 hardcover).
Neal reopens a cold case from 1902 involving the “cowmen vs. plowmen” conflict that raged between the frontier cattle kings and the settlers who moved into the area to farm and ranch smaller plots of
Read more at: http://www.theeagle.com/brazos_life/texas_reads/book-addresses-unvolved-murder/article_2596f0b7-e743-5be8-87cf-0c9b7c9296c8.html
Colm Tóibín’s exhilarating House of Names (Viking £14.99) is a retelling of Aeschylus’s drama on the sacrificing by Agamemnon of his daughter Cassandra and its tragic consequences, including the murder of Agamemnon by his wife, Clytemnestra. The book has a controlled, hushed quality, like that of a Morandi still life, which only serves to heighten the terror and pity of the tale. Michael Longley’s latest collection, Angel Hill (Jonathan Cape £10) – what a genius he has for titles – is at once lush and elegiac, delicate and muscular, melancholy and thrilling. I shall not be going anywhere – hate holidays – but will stay happily at home, rereading Evelyn Waugh’s second world war Sword of Honour trilogy (Penguin £14.99). Pure bliss.
With five children to entertain, I’m not sure how much reading I’ll actually do on holiday in Santander
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/09/best-holiday-reads-summer-reading-2017-john-banville-jackie-kay-kirsty-wark-melvyn-bragg
The final word on good reads with county connections
My Sweet Angel
By John Glatt (October 2016)
In January 2014, 5-year-old Garnett Spears passed away at Westchester Medical Center after his mother, Lacey Spears, fed him a lethal amount of salt. Lacey, who is strongly believed to suffer from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, opened up to New York Times bestselling true-crime author John Glatt in this brilliant book on her disturbing life. Glatt’s painstaking research and vivid narrative provide a gripping, heartbreaking exposé that will leave readers astonished at how a mother’s supposed love for her child turned deadly. 432 pgs, St. Martin’s Press, $20.34 (hrd)
Read more at: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/January-2017/Riveting-Regional-Reads/
We’d love to hear about your favourite beach reads by Australian writers. Here are some of ours, based on both their literary merit (just because you’re reading at the beach, doesn’t mean you want to put up with sloppy prose) and page-turning qualities.
2. Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
A controversial inclusion: Joe Cinque’s Consolation deals with dark subject matter but it’s a real-life court story, and the unfolding trial provides the narrative drive.
In 1997 Anu Singh killed Joe Cinque with a lethal dose of heroin after she laced his coffee with rohypnol. At a dinner party and in law student circles at the Australian National University in in Canberra, a number of her friends and acquaintances had been informed of her intent to kill him. So why did no one try to stop her?
Eminently readable, like all the best true crime, the suspense lies in whether or not Singh will
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/03/the-best-australian-beach-reads-10-sharply-written-page-turners