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Best finest surgeon, come cut me open.

Advantages: Lots of information from many sources
Disadvantages: May seem confusing/pedantic

Some time during the night of 4 August 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of barbiturates. It seems strange that the very first sentence of "The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe" should be the precise details of her death. After finishing this bo ...

mi_wa 11.06.2015 · Read full review
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Review of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe - Sarah Churchwell

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Keeps You At a Distance

Advantages: Appendices make this a useful reference work
Disadvantages: No real insight as the author was kept at a distance.

The list of rock stars who have been taken from us early is a long one. Many have lived the rock 'n roll lifestyle to excess and paid the ultimate price. Others have died through no fault of their own, their deaths a tragedy. Far fewer are those who have ...

Soho_Black 24.02.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Touching From a Distance - Deborah Curtis

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If you could no longer hear the music you love

Advantages: Very compelling account of the impact of deafness, written from experience
Disadvantages: Some slightly irrelevant teenage reminiscences might have been edited a little

The author Nick Coleman, born in 1960, is a journalist who has written mostly about music, but also on sport and travel, for ‘NME’, ‘The Times’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘Daily Telegraph’ and other titles, and has also been on the editorial staff of ‘Time ...

JOHNV 03.10.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss - Nick Coleman

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The Long Goodbye

Advantages: Funny, absorbing
Disadvantages: Bit grim at the end

The last volume of the Alan Clark diaries charts the final decade in the life of the colourful and 'maverick' politician. Although he never achieved his political ambitions he was suprised to find that his published diaries drew much acclaim. Today Alan C ...

Jake_Speed 26.01.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Last Diaries - Alan Clark

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Castaneda's Menagerie

Advantages: Mythology and Mysticism, Storyline and Exophoric Cultural Reference
Disadvantages: Confusing and Incoherent, Dull and Dubious, Culture Shock, Focuses on the Trivial

The Eagle is an ineffable and terrifying force beyond comprehension. It lives on the awareness' of those who die, snuffing them out like candles. The Eagle's Gift however, is the ability to retain awareness beyond death. Not the ability to live forever, ...

dragonhelmuk 14.06.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Eagle's Gift - Carlos Castaneda

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