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Review: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

In Books by ashbydodd

American Wife is the story of Alice Blackwell, wife, mother and First Lady of the United States. Author Curtis Sittenfeld follows Alice from her young days of first love in Wisconsin, through unimaginable tragedy, and into her later years as the wife of a screw up in a very political family.

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War Paint: The Musical

In Books, History, Music, Other, Style, Theater by ashbydodd

“It’s one of the great fueds in American business….” – Richard Schlesinger Before the 1930’s, the only women who wore makeup to decorate their faces were working in the spotlight or on the streets; then came Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden.  The triumphs of these …

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Review: Leaving Time By Jodi Picoult

In Books by ashbydodd

“If you think about someone you’ve loved and lost, you are already with them. The rest is just details.” Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult tells the story of a young girl desperate to find out what happened to her mother so many years ago. After …

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Ben Folds and Black Holes

In Books, Music by ashbydodd

“Somewhere in the universe two black holes collide — as heavy as stars, as small as cities…” To the majority of us, writing music and reading about astronomy are both equally perplexing, but to Ben Folds, it’s just another day on the job.  While performing …