Liz French

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Magnificent Rebel: Nancy Cunard in Jazz Age Paris

Readers who are curious about Cunard’s dissipation and decline or the “post-Nancy” lives of her many friends and lovers will appreciate this book’s lengthy bibliography. A good accompaniment to the multitude of other books about the Lost Generation and 1920s Paris.

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The Resemblance

The fast pace is counterbalanced by paint-by-numbers characters, an overstuffed narrative, and an unbelievable finale. This debut is a bumpy ride.

Crooked, but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges

It’s obvious Klawans has pored over Sturges’s films. After reading his thoughtful analyses, film buffs will want to rewatch them, armed with new insights.
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The Most Precious Substance on Earth

Like My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Bhat’s novel shows how life-altering and destructive sexual abuse can be. Unlike the protagonist of Russell’s book, Nina is less obsessed and broken, but damaged nonetheless.
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Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies

For fans of old-Hollywood lore and classic movies, especially those starring Marion Davies. With notes, bibliography, filmography, and just enough photos to send readers to the internet in search of more images of Davies and her milieu.
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Confidence

Overstuffed with subplots and extraneous characters, this story has a confusing ending. Mostly for fans of the first book.
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We Lie Here

Hall conveys the racist atmosphere of a small town and writes knowingly of extreme family dysfunction, but the meandering narrative, self-gaslighting protagonist, and several plot holes weaken the story.
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