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Guardian of Lies: Martini swings and misses

I’ve been a Steve Martini fan for a long time. His hero, attorney Paul Madriani, has been at the center of some of the best courtroom drama in recent fiction.

With “Guardian of Lies,” however, Martini attempts to turn Madriani into an action hero – with disastrous results.

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48 buried - 4 to go: ‘Nun’ funnier than this

The Little Sisters of Hoboken have a problem: 52 of their order keeled over suddenly after eating tainted vichyssoise.

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What does it take to be the world's greatest champion?

Lance: The Making of the World’s Greatest Champion
By John Wilcockson
DeCapo Press - June 2009
369 pages - $26 - Five out of five stars
John Wilcockson’s book, “Lance: The Making of the World’s Greatest Champion,”  currently among amazon.com’s top 20 in outdoors, biographies and sports categories, takes a close look at the events and people who shaped and influenced Armstrong, a young man growing up in Plano.
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‘Julie & Julia’ – Romantic comedy cooked up for both genders

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“Julie & Julia” is a film about following dreams, self-transformation, and the importance of love. Frankly, I hate films where this theme is so explicit. They're usually bland. But something about "Julie & Julia" keeps it spicy and delicious –  and it's not just all the butter.

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Popular blog results in big rewards for Julie Powell

Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen
By Julie Powell
Back Bay Books - July 1, 2009 - 400 pages - $7.99
*****

What does Julie Powell, a girl from Austin, have in common with Julia Child, the iconic chef first introduced to American audiences on the Public Broadcasting System?

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