Issue # 386
Book Review
Two Weeks Since My Last Confession
Kate GenoveseMountain Valley

When Molly O’Brien comes into the world in 1951, she never imagines that her life will turn out the way it does. Born into a wealthy family in which her father is a senator and her mother a devout Catholic, Molly receives a good upbringing and has all the reason in the world to be happy.

Yet somehow, at the age of thirty, she is addicted to heroin and hasn’t been employed for years. Her father believes that the corrupting influences of society are at fault, while her mother is convinced it’s Molly’s own depravity that has caused her ruin and her failure to stay in the Catholic church.

 

Her older brother Sean, however, knows who is really to blame: he holds the family secrets that have caused all of his sister’s problems and are leading her down the harrowing road to drug addiction. And ultimately he knows that he and his parents are the only ones who can lead her out.

A dramatically written family saga, Two Weeks Since my Last Confession is the story of one woman’s survival in the face of serious childhood abuse and addiction. More than this, it is a tale which chronicles the triumph of the human spirit over its enemies — not only external enemies but also the ones we find within ourselves.

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Judy Garland: The Judy Garland Show - Volume Three
Infinity

More music! More stars! More of what millions have come to love about Hollywoods’s ingénue sweetheart of song, stage and screen is celebrated in The Judy Garland Show: Volume Three.

Ending its critically acclaimed CBS-TV run after just one season (1963-64), the show's 26 episodes are revered by many today as the legendary entertainer's finest work.

 

Come along for these delightful episodes featuring legendary, multi-Grammy Award-winning songstress Lena Horne; comic actor Terry-Thomas (It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World); masterful, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning crooner Tony Bennett; comedian/singer Dick Shawn; and series regular Jerry Van Dyke.

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Judy Garland: The Judy Garland Show - Volume Four
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Everything’s coming up roses with legendary songstress Judy Garland in this all-new music, dance and comedy-filled collection of celebrated series, The Judy Garland Show: Volume Four.

Ending its critically acclaimed CBS-TV run after just one season (1963-64), the show's 26 episodes are revered by many today as the legendary entertainer's finest work.

 

Joining Judy in this star-studded, two-episode set are “the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage,” actress and singer Ethel Merman; treasured comedian, actor, author and playwright Shelley Berman; dancer and choreographer Peter Gennaro; celebrated crooner Vic Damone, who had “the best pipes in the business” according to Frank Sinatra; Tony Award-winning actress-singer-dancer Chita Rivera, Broadway’s original Anita in West Side Story; comedy actor Louis Nye, who appeared on dozens of shows over his 40+ year career; and versatile showman Ken Murray.

Features selections from West Side Story, Gypsy, Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Brigadoon, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Tryingand more!

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Issue # 385
Book Review
You Don’t Play With Revolution: The Monumental Lectures of C.L.R. James
David AustinAK Press

You Don’t Play With Revolution collects never-before-published lectures by C.L.R. James delivered in Montreal in the late 1960s. Covering topics such as Rousseau, Shakespeare, Marx and Lenin, Heidegger, and read though the lens of Caribbean history, culture and politics, these talks demonstrate the staggering breadth and depth of one of the twentieth century’s most fertile minds.

They also provide an ideal window into James’s complex and multi-faceted ideas. The book includes two seminal interviews granted by James while in Canada, and a series of letters exchanged between James his American collaborator Martin Glaberman, and the young Caribbean intellectuals who facilitated James’s visit to Canada.

Editor David Austin’s introduction situates the lectures within the context of the Caribbean and global events that brought James to Montreal. You Don’t Play With Revolutionalso includes a preface by Robert A. Hill, James’s Literary Executor, historical advisor to the C.L.R. James archive at Columbia University, and one of the key individuals that made James’s presence in Montreal possible.

C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was born in Trinidad and was a prominent Marxist theorist, andi-colonial scholar, and cultural critic who authored The Black Jacobians: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingue Revolution; Beyond a Boundary; Notes of Dialectics; Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways: Herman Melville and the World We Live In; and the novel Minty Alley.

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The Beatles: Parting Ways - An Unauthorized Story on Life After The Beatles
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It was a long and winding road – professionally and personally – for one of music’s greatest, most beloved bands. Now journey into the lives of The Fab Four post-mania in Parting Ways: An Unauthorized Story on Life After The Beatles.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr... A quartet of pop music's most iconic names. Four decades after breaking up, The Beatles continue to top every conceivable list of greatest recording artists of all time.

 

No other pop act has surpassed The Fab Four in terms of innovation or social impact. Because of this, their solo performances will forever be judged against what was achieved as part of music history's most revered group.

Parting Ways explores Lennon's work with Yoko Ono; McCartney's solo career and decade as front man of Wings; Harrison's music with The Traveling Wilburys and his work as a film producer; and Starr's solo albums as wells as pursuit of acting.

Despite personal trials and tribulations - drug busts, divorce, citizenship issues and tragic, before-their-time deaths - each of The Beatles managed to retain their good reputations and legendary status.

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Beyoncé: Shine - An Unauthorized Story on Beyoncé
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She is… a music mogul. She is… a versatile actress. She is… dancer, designer, dive. And she is… fierce. She is Beyoncé. Now learn more about this multi-faceted lady in Shine: An Unauthorized Story on Beyoncé.

She’s sold 120 million records; charted nine #1 songs; won 16 Grammy Awards; headlined three solo world tours; produced records; starred in seven feature films (Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember); and launched her own fashion and fragrance lines.

 

It's hard to believe that Texas-born Beyonce Giselle Knowles took singing and dancing lessons as a child to overcome shyness. But her natural talent shined early. By seven, she was winning competitions and, at 15, she formed Destiny's Child with best friend Kelly Rowland. The duo quickly earned a recording contract (later becoming a trio with the addition of Michelle Williams), ultimately becoming the biggest-selling girl group of all time.

After 14 years and a slew of awards, Destiny's Child called it quits in 2005 and - with irrepressible style - Beyoncé has achieved even more phenomenal success as a solo artist.

Hard-working, modest and likeable, Beyoncé's beauty and passion for all that she does rubs off everyone she meets and fans around the world. With her career continuing to hit all the right notes, who knows what the self-proclaimed “Sasha Fierce” will achieve next?

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