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"Alice in Wonderland" is the common abbreviated title of Lewis Carroll's famous 1865 novel, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Its sequel, "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There," was published in 1871 and enjoyed even greater commercial success. Where the first book plays with logic and spatial awareness, the sequel employs mirror imagery and symbolism, in addition to relying on the rules of the game of chess to give the book much of its structure.
Like a crime novel spectacular, with all the usual suspects, the TV miniseries "Everything She Ever Wanted," based on the novel by Ann Rule, brings Southern belles and gentlemen to life with a touch of mystery. In the perfect world of Southern America, lives begin to shatter, as a marriage begins to break down. Starring Gina Gershon as Pat and Ryan McPartlin as Tom, Ann Rule's two-episode miniseries brings back the suspense that only crime fiction can generate.
Very few creative figures have influenced the Gothic genre like Anne Rice. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1941, Rice made her claim to fame as an author of Gothic fiction. In addition to her work as a writer, Rice has remained an outspoken voice on health and organized religion.
Many writers find plays to be one of the hardest genres to write. Regardless of how many stunning visuals or special effects are in a play, a playwright must rely on intriguing characters, intelligent dialogue and shocking plot twists to be successful. Playwriting is an art and craft all its own requiring skill, patience, talent and perseverance.
An early start in piano lessons may give children an advantage later in life, since they will learn skills such as basic math from music education. There are many piano books for young children. Understanding the differences between the choices that are offered will help you make a decision that will help you to jump start your toddler's piano lessons. These options are available at most book and music stores as well as online.
Making your own sketchbook gives you the opportunity to choose your own paper, cover and size. There are several techniques for binding your own sketchbook -- including making a hardbound book case that you use to hold your pages -- but one of the simplest binding techniques is called Japanese binding, or stab binding. Japanese binding doesn't require glue or weights or specialty binding tools, just paper, thread and an awl.
"Black Hawk Down" is the title of a book published in 1999 and re-released in 2010 by Grove Press. A 2001 film was adapted from the book and shared the name. Author and journalist Mark Bowden based "Black Hawk Down" on an incident that occurred on October 3, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia between elite U.S. Army forces and residents of the city. More than a thousand outraged Somalis outnumbered the soldiers ten to one, and the mission ended after eighteen Americans were killed and many others wounded. The encounter was one of the longest firefights involving U.S. forces since the Vietnam War and it received a fair share of media attention.
"Drama Queen," a book in Lara Bergen's Candy Apple series, relates the escapades of sixth-grader Charlie, who tries out for the school musical only to find that she's up against the most popular girl in school. The quirky mishaps that get in the way of her stardom are what makes the story realistic and easy for "tween" girls to relate to.
"One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback" was written by sports writer Mitchel Krugel and published by St. Martin's Paperbacks in November 2003. The book chronicles the life of basketball star Michael Jordan during his comeback in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Novelist Michael Crichton first published his "A Case of Need" in 1968 under the pen name Jeffery Hudson. The novel concerns a Boston pathologist in the 1960s who becomes embroiled in an abortion scandal that led to the death of a young, pregnant socialite. Crichton weaves medical procedures and ethics into the legal and social milieu of America before the Supreme Court case "Roe v. Wade" legalized abortion.
"A String in the Harp" is a Newberry honor novel by Nancy Bond, written in 1977, which tells the story of the Morgan children and their struggles to find their way after their mother dies and their father takes them from America to Wales for his job. They have a magical experience that involves solving a past mystery to hold their family together.
"Along Came a Spider" is a thriller written by James Patterson. Released in 1993, the book was the first in a series of novels featuring hero Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist. The book was adapted into a movie in 2001 and starred Morgan Freeman as the protagonist.
"Atlantis Found" by Clive Cussler was published by Penguin Books in 1999. The book is one of a series featuring protagonist Dirk Pitt. The novel belongs to the mystery and adventure fiction genre. Many readers who enjoy adventure, tough guys and the ocean will find enjoyment in the action in this novel.
Walter Dean Myers, who grew up in Harlem in the 1940s, has written numerous books for young adults that examine interesting periods in American history and personal struggles with which his readers can relate. Myers used his own life as inspiration for many of his books, but "Bad Boy: A Memoir" is the real story of this influential author's life.
"Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp," by Jerry Stanley, was published in 1993. The book relates the story of children at a relief camp in California for impoverished families. "Children of the Dust Bowl" is filled with historical photographs of children who lived during the Great Dust Bowl. Stanley is author of several books for young readers, particularly about California history and the American West.
"Dating Game" is Danielle Steel's 57th published novel. The novel's main character, Paris Armstrong, has a happy life, with a wonderful marriage of 24 years, two grown children and a home in Connecticut. That is, it is happy until her husband makes the declaration that he wants a divorce.
"Fifteen," by Beverly Cleary, is a young-adult novel originally published in 1956. The novel follows Jane Purdy, a teenager growing up in the 1950s. Readers will find that although the setting is different than what they are used to, 15-year-old girls and their desires have not changed much since the 1950s. The book chronicles Jane's emotions as she starts her sophomore year of high school with a new boyfriend, and the ups and downs that come with first love.
A governess, a mistress, a banker, an archaeologist and an herbalist come together to recount their own version of a murder in Agatha Christie's "Five Little Pigs." This 1942 novel features one of Christie's most beloved characters, irrepressible Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, as he uses his "little gray cells" to prove the innocence of a woman who has long since passed away.
If you've ever dreamed about being stuck in a giant peach or lost in a magical candy factory, you've been affected by the imagination and writings of Roald Dahl. Dahl was an author perhaps best known for children's books such as "James and the Giant Peach" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." He also published two memoirs about his life, with the second one entitled "Going Solo."