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Linda Fairstein’s Love Letter to Grand Central Terminal, New York

Great book for those planning a trip to NYC. It gives fascinating, behind the scene details about Grand Central Terminal. Evocative for armchair travelers.



Approximately 750,000 people visit New York’s Grand Central Terminal (GCT) each day. Two-thirds of them race to catch trains, while the remainder, tourists, stroll through the historic Beaux-Arts landmark. GCT has been featured in hundreds of movies, TV shows, novels, music videos, photos, advertisements, and other media formats. As a result, the stately building has become the World’s sixth most visited tourist attraction and is recognized around the globe.

In her latest novel, Terminal City, best-selling author Linda Fairstein pays tribute to GCT, and has once again created a fast-paced police procedural featuring her popular protagonist, New York City DA Alexandra Cooper. I enjoy Fairstein’s novels because they have such a strong sense of place, that the location becomes an additional character.

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Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, GCT is the…

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Mysterious Caged Graves in Catawissa, PA



In “The Caged Graves,” author and retired school teacher Dianne Salerni has created an historical mystery filled with intrigue, suspense, rumors and betrayals. Ultimately, it is up to newcomer Verity Brown to untangle the twisted crime that directly impacts her family’s past and her future happiness.

It’s 1867, and 17-year old Verity Boone moves from urban Worcester, Massachusetts to remote, rural Catawissa, Pennsylvania. Salerni uses her history and teaching background to good effect, and has created an historically accurate tale that is relatable and exciting for YA readers. Similar novels feature “feisty” heroines who inexplicably fight the status quo. Boone comes by her independence honestly, since May of 1850 marked a meeting of a National Woman’s Rights Convention in Worcester.

While independent in spirit, Boone decides to return to her father’s home; her birthplace Catawissa, Pennsylvania, after corresponding with a local farmer and accepting his proposal of marriage. Boone quickly…

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The Battle of the Wilderness & Baseball in McFarland’s “Nostalgia”


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Novels about baseball aren’t new. Novels about the Civil War aren’t new. But in Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland blends the two themes and creates a unique coming of age story. Injured, lost and left-behind, 19-year old Summerfield Hayes stumbles through deadly terrain in the aftermath of the bloody war of attrition at the Battle of the Wilderness. The dense underbrush of Spotsylvania County, VA, proved difficult for both the North and South to navigate, and the battle was fought to a draw. McFarland’s evocative, empathetic and lyrical prose skillfully depicts the beauty and horror of America’s mid-1800 history.

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In spite of his privileged background, Hayes chose to enlist rather than avoid the Union Army draft. His enlistment is an escape from the life he shares with his older sister in the home left to them…

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