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Historian and witch Diana Bishop and her vampire scientist husband Matthew Clairmont return from a trip to the past still searching for the elusive alchemy tome Ashmole 782 in the final installment of the best-selling trilogy following Shadow of Night.
Nadine Gordimer was the Nobel Prize-winning author of short stories and novels reflecting the disintegration of South African society. While her early works were in the tradition of liberal South African whites opposed to apartheid, her later works reflect a move toward more radical political and literary formulations. She won a Nobel Prize in 1991. (Biography in Context)
Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died on July 3, 2014. He was 97 years old.
Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which is being made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie and is scheduled to be released in 2014. (Source: BBC.com)
Dark Invasion: 1915 : Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell inAmerica By Howard Blum (1914)
When a "neutral" United States becomes a trading
partner for the Allies early in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan
to strike back. A team of saboteurs--including an expert on germ warfare, a
Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster--devise a series of
"mysterious accidents" using explosives and biological weapons, to bring down
vital targets such as ships, factories, livestock, and even captains of industry
like J.P. Morgan. New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department's
Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them. Assembling a
team of loyal operatives, the cunning Irish cop hunts for the conspirators among
a population of more than eight million Germans. But the deeper he finds himself
in this labyrinth of deception, the more Tunney realizes that the enemy's plan
is far more complex and more dangerous than he suspected.
Maya Angelou, author, poet, playwright, stage and screen performer, and director, was best known for her autobiography,I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), which recalls a young African American woman's discovery of her self-confidence. In addition to her books of autobiography, Angelou wrote several volumes of poetry that further explore the South, racial confrontation, and the triumph of black people against overwhelming odds.