Marilyn Monroe: A life of the Actress
Revised and Updated
by Carl Rollyson
From the Author:
In American popular culture, Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) has evolved in stature from movie superstar to American icon. Monroe’s own understanding of her place in the American imagination and her effort to perfect her talent as an actress are explored with great sensitivity in Carl Rollyson’s engaging narrative. He shows how movies became crucial events in the shaping of Monroe’s identity. He regards her enduring gifts as a creative artist, discussing how her smaller roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve established the context for her career, while indepth chapters on her more important roles in Bus Stop, Some Like It Hot, and The Misfits provide the centerpiece of his examination of her life and career.
The Long Dusty Trail (The Beginning)
Part One in the Trilogy
by Mel Adkins
From the Author:
As the great migration of men and cattle head west to new untamed lands in the 1880s, one man stood tall. Jimmy Highsaw was honest as the day is long; but cross him and hell was at hand. Leaving his job as trail scout for John Chisum, Jim rode to Durango to visit his sister, and fell headlong into a plot to bring a herd of the new breed of Hereford cattle from Kansas City to Durango, Colorado. A long dusty trail filled with romance, gunsmoke, hardship, and death.
by Allen W. Davis
From the Author:
Wayne Masters is coming home after working years away. He is in search of a past now just a blur as a result of an accident. Wayne is being haunted by distant memories of a love gone by and must overcome unimaginable obstacles in his quest. Violent storms, a murderer and emergencies all stand in Wayne’s path to find the one love that he doesn’t even remember.
This is a wonderful book by Carl Rollyson, noted biographer, on the long and amazing life of the most important female war correspondent of the 20th Century, Martha Gellhorn. She was born into a prominent liberal midwestern family and became close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt (she even lived in the White House for a short time). Her travels eventually led her to Key West where she met Ernest Hemingway.
They were together in Spain as War Correspondents in the 1930s, and were married during the extent of WWII. Besides the Civil War in Spain and WWII in Europe shortly thereafter, they had their own fierce battle going on and this story holds no punches. I have read much of Hemingway’s works including several Hemingway biographies, but I still learned some new things about him and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn. But, this book is about much more than that brief wartime relationship. If Gellhorn had never met Hemingway, she still would have had an incredible life well worth writing and talking about. That’s probably the most important takeaway I got from this book.
This is the incredible true story of the Bataan Death March as told by a GI who experienced it first hand. Tony Bilek was there from the very beginning of WWII in the Pacific as bombs dropped in a surprise attack on American bases in the Philippines (shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack) to the very end of the war in Japan, even eye-witnessing the atomic bomb detonation.
Starting at Clark Field in the Philippines in 1941, with honesty and compassion he first describes life as a GI in the early 1940s. It’s filled with good natured humor and the anecdotes he shares show his love for the men he served with. But the story quickly takes a turn as they are surrendered and find themselves on the death march under brutal conditions. Most of the story is about day to day life in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines. Eventually, he volunteers, against the Chaplain’s advice, to go to Japan and work in a camp there. After experiencing the worst possible conditions in the POW camps, they are put aboard “Hell Ships’ for transport to Japan. Believe it or not, conditions there were even worse. Eventually, he makes it to Japan and works as slave labor in a coal mine under “slightly” better conditions.
As mentioned earlier, the prisoners witnessed the atomic bomb detonating over Nagasaki in August 1945 without any of them knowing what an atomic bomb even was as they had been prisoners for years by that time. Soon after, freedom comes with the Japanese surrender and then the long trip home.
His story was one of courage and tenacity and I was honored to narrate it. God Bless those men and women who serve our country and make sacrifices for our freedom everyday.
by William Petersen
From the Author:
In response to mankind’s encroachment upon the last remaining natural areas on the planet, nature fights back. Combining some of its toughest and most resilient designs, nature creates a new type of insect.
Larger and much more aggressive than any type of insect ever seen before, it quickly reclaims lost territory. It evolves and adapts to expand far beyond the rainforest from which it emerged, maybe even farther than Mother Nature had intended.
Nature’s answer to the human race is…The Antite.