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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Readers Guide: 'Elizabeth the Queen'

  • England's royal family has certainly had its share of scandal and public missteps, but through it all Queen Elizabeth II has remained solid and steadfast in her sense of duty to her country. Sally Bedell Smith gives us a refreshingly frank look at Elizabeth as daughter, wife, mother, and monarch in her new biography, "Elizabeth the Queen," now celebrating her diamond jubilee.

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  • - England's royal family has certainly had its share of scandal and public missteps, but through it all Queen Elizabeth II has remained solid and steadfast in her sense of duty to her country. Sally Bedell Smith gives us a refreshingly frank look at Elizabeth as daughter, wife, mother, and monarch in her new biography, "Elizabeth the Queen," now celebrating her diamond jubilee.
    - Even in her advancing Alzheimer's, Kathleen Lyons understood her husband was having an affair, so the evidence clearly points to her as the prime suspect when he is discovered shot to death in their home. Yet their daughter, Mariah, determined to prove her mother innocent, doesn't realize several other people had good reasons to see retired Professor Jonathan Lyons dead. Chief among them is his recently spurned lover Professor Lillian Stewart, but there are also the four men who knew he had the only surviving letter written by Jesus -- a document that is now missing. "The Lost Years" is the long-awaited new novel by popular Mary Higgins Clark.
    - It seems there is a lot of truth to the old joke about the way to Carnegie Hall being through practice, practice, practice. In "Talent is Overrated," journalist Jeff Colvin illustrates greatness in any endeavor depends on perseverance and focused practice -- not innate ability. His exploration into "what really separates world-class performers from everybody else" offers special tips for those who aspire to be great and, surprisingly, for parents who want to help their children achieve great things.
    - According to Jewish legend, there are 36 righteous people in the world who unknowingly protect all humanity. Now 34 of them are dead -- all victims of a bizarre serial killer. An Italian policeman named Tomuaso di Barbara and his Danish counterpart Niels Bentzon begin a race against the clock to save the last two people. Assisting them is astrophysicist Hannah Lund, who finds in their collaboration new meaning in life after her son's devastating suicide. Engaging characters and a quirky plot highlight "The Last Good Man," the fiction debut of writing duo Anders Ronnow Klarlund and Jacob Weinrich who have adopted the pen name A.J. Kazinski.
    - Dr. Daniel G. Amen insists the brain may well be the most important part of the body. According to him, a healthy brain is reflected in your skin, as well as many other areas of your body and your daily life. He makes his point in his informative and entertaining new book, "Change Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day."
    - Outwardly there was nothing extraordinary about the elderly woman, her clock, or the repairman who agreed to fix it for her. Yet the woman, Edie Banister, is a former secret agent; the repairman, Joe Spork, is the straight arrow son of one of London's biggest mobsters; and the device is a Doomsday Machine. Once Joe gets it working, he and Edie are launched into an amazing series of incredible adventures. "Angelmaker" is the latest fun-filled thriller by Nick Harkaway, who doesn't write anything like his father John le Carre.
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