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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Ted Kennedy The Dream That Never Died by Edward Klein

Growing up, I frequently saw Ted Kennedy on the news, and I knew that a lot of people didn't him, even democrats. I heard people mumble something about Chappaquiddick, but they'd never really expand on it. It wasn't an event that my history or current event classes ever really mentioned either.

For years, I meant to learn more about Ted Kennedy, so when the biography like Ted Kennedy, The Dream That Never Died was published by Crown Publishers in 2009, I bought the book and read it. The author, Edward Klein, made Kennedy's story much more interesting than I thought it would be.

What surprised me most and disliked about Edward Klein's Ted Kennedy:  The Dream That Never Died was the short length . . . only 226 actual pages to tell the story of Kennedy's life. The remaining pages were reference pages and acknowledgements. It seems like a figure from such a famous family deserves a much more in depth look at his life. Another thing I disliked about the book is that Klein seemed to focus on Kennedy's dark side more and skimped on a lot the good things that he did. With that being said, Klein did answer my questions regarding Chappaquiddick.

All in all, it was a well organized, well written book that gave a great overview of Ted Kennedy's life. It was also written in a way that the most novice reader would enjoy it. I give three out of five stars.

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