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Ring-a-Ding-Ding by Will Thomas

 Robert Randisi is the kind of author that puts out five or six books a year, mostly westerns or mysteries.  The emphasis is on quantity.  However, his Rat Pack mysteries are the kind of books that make me clear my schedule whenever one comes in.  They are a guilty pleasure.     

The Dress Doctors by Cindy Hulsey

I’m fascinated by both cultural history and fashion and recently read a new book called The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski, who is a historian at Notre Dame and an award-winning dressmaker.

Southern Comfort by Cindy Hulsey

In the summer of 1980 I transferred from OSU to TU. I took a summer class to get the lay of the land, and serendipitously discovered the professor whose enthusiasm for literature would inspire me to change my major from French to English literature.  The late great Dr. Jim Watson was passionate about books and introduced me to many great writers, not the least of which was the holy trinity of Southern Literature; William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.

A Cup of Saki, Please by Will Thomas

Chances are, you would have to be an English major to know who Saki was.  This is a crime, because Saki (H.H. Munro, 1870-1916) is killingly funny.  He was inspired by Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll a generation before him, and in turn inspired P.G. Wodehouse, Graham Greene, and A.A. Milne.  In our generation, he influenced Edward Gorey, who illustrated his book, THE UNREST-CURE AND OTHER STORIES (New York Review Books, 2013.)  It is a perfect match.

The Best of Both Worlds by Cindy Hulsey

I enjoy learning about history from reading fiction. I find it far more interesting and less likely to be bloated with the boring parts of history—politics and war—and more focused on people and how political situations and cultural changes directly affect them. I like historical fiction and lately seem to be particularly drawn to novels that feature real people. I’m currently reading Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald by R. Clifton Spargo.

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