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Latin American writers endured tough times

Latin American writers endured tough times As a novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende, the famous contemporary Latin American, narrates the political history of the contemporary world under the cover of fiction. She writes stories of passion and romance. “Her novels and memoirs tells the stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment – to love, to their world, to an ideal,” said the speakers at a seminar held on Tuesday at the National…

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Jonas Kaufmann | The Smoldering Tenor

Jonas Kaufmann | The Smoldering Tenor Whatever their source, good looks can take a musician only so far, Mr. Kaufmann insists. “Even though beauty could help a career, it can never be something a career is based on,” he said. “Beauty goes by faster than you know, so if your qualities in singing and acting aren’t good enough, where do you go once the beauty is gone? Generally, the parts I’m interested in are not…

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Charlotte Bronte fan spends life dressed as Victorian heroine

Charlotte Bronte fan spends life dressed as Victorian heroine Well, I love the Brontes, but… Lyn-Marie Cunliffe, 49, loves 19th century author Charlotte Bronte so much she dresses as the famous author all the time – even while doing her supermarket shopping. The mum-of-two dresses in the home-made smocks whilst doing the school run – and not bothering to change even when she’s out grabbing a burger with the kids. But the bookworm’s bizarre look…

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Daniel Craig thinks Kardashians behave like ‘idiots’

Daniel Craig thinks Kardashians behave like ‘idiots’ Yet another reason why I love Daniel Craig. Daniel Craig thinks the Kardashians behave like “f**king idiots”. The James Bond actor explained while he doesn’t “judge” the reality TV family – whose most famous member is Kim – and acknowledges that they have made “millions” through their show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, he doesn’t agree with selling your soul to make good television. He explained: “It’s a…

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson I don’t usually read YA (mainly because I’m an OA), but my daughter ordered this for a presentation she’s doing in library school (well, technically, it’s called “information studies”, and she’s getting a master’s this weekend under the If You Can’t Get a Job, Get Another Degree plan). She knows about things. Book things. So I fully intend to casually walk into her room and distract her…

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Love, betrayal and courage: Private letters reveal the story behind the mastermind of The Great Escape Roger Bushell

Love, betrayal and courage: Private letters reveal the story behind the mastermind of The Great Escape Roger Bushell Anyone who knows me will tell you that possibly my favorite story of all time (in both book and film) is The Great Escape. I first read the book as a child at my grandparents’ home, and I loved it. While I did have rather odd reading taste for an elementary school-aged girl, my choices during that…

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Nora Roberts: The woman who rewrote the rules of romantic fiction | Books | The Observer

Nora Roberts: The woman who rewrote the rules of romantic fiction | Books | The Observer I like the way she thinks! Later, at the bookshop in Boonsboro, the small town in rural Maryland where she lives, she’s doing a signing and answering questions and is equally phlegmatic. What does she find helps keep her going when she’s writing? “Alcoholic beverages.” Does she tweet? “I’d rather stab myself in the eye with a flaming stick.”…

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