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City Tales: Boston

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Beantown. Birthplace of the American Revolution. Home to the first free public library and Boston cream pie.

City Tales is traveling to Boston and this armchair traveler is on a one-way ticket.  I have a few more weeks to cover every thing on my Colorado 'bucket list' but in the meantime let's enjoy a few tales about or set in Boston. 

City Tales: New Orleans

new orleans mon amour

The Crescent City. The Big Easy.  Jazz, beignets and vampires.  Hurricane Katrina.

What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans? These days it's hard not to think of the ravage left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Nearly six years later, Nola has still not fully recovered. The hurricane and its aftermath has forever altered this beloved Louisiana city, a fact evident in each one of these titles.

My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh

Repeat Attender

R.E.M. Live

Summer concert season is in full swing and I'm feeling nostalgic thinking about my favorite concerts of summers past.

There is nothing like seeing your favorite bands outdoors during the summer. The pre-show tailgating. The crazy weather.  The beach balls being volleyed through the crowd. I don't catch many shows these days so join me as I reminisce about some of my favorite annual summer escapades.

Get Mudbound

Mudbound

Anxiously awaiting for The Help to arrive in theaters? Check out Mudbound while you wait.

Hillary Jordan's captivating story takes place in the post-World War II Mississippi Delta. Laura McAllan is a city-bred woman who moves with her husband and family to a farm she aptly names Mudbound. Told from the perspective of several characters, Mudbound grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very last word.

Skip to the head of the line

21 by adele

Tired of waiting on hold for Adele's latest, 21?

With over 500 people on hold it may seem as though you're never going to get your hands on that cd. So...jump the queue. Cut the line. How? By checking out Freegal.

Freegal is a collection of popular, drm-free (legally downloadable) music. With your Denver Public Library card you get to download three tracks each week. Did I mention these downloads are free? And legal?!

From Dragons to Snowmen

The Snowman

If you devoured Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and are looking for your next read try Jo Nesbø's The Snowman.

Simply stated, I could not put this novel down. The Snowman is the fifth title in Nesbø's series featuring Detective Harry Hole. This book is well-written, suspenseful and downright creepy at times and it's no wonder why Nesbø (whose first name is pronounced Yo) is being compared to both Larsson and Henning Mankell.

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Masterpiece Mystery is Back!

Hercules Poirot (played by David Suchet)

Fill your summer with classic mysteries featuring our favorite sleuths.

The 2011 season of PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! kicked off last night with Three Act Tragedy, the first of three new Hercules Poirot mysteries. This year's season promises the return of old favorites Poirot, Miss Marple and Inspector Lewis, along with newcomer Zen, based on the books by Michael Dibdin.

Read ahead:

City Tales: NYC

new york noir

Let's visit the city that never sleeps. 

There are thousands of books that feature the Big Apple. Let's take a look at some of the more unique aspects of NYC.

The Little Big Book of New York
I love this little book and I learn something new about NYC every time I flip through these pages. It's got poetry, song lyrics, essays, short stories, recipes and all sorts of fun legends and facts. Want to enjoy a tasty knish with your Long Island Iced Tea? This book's got you covered.

Going on vacation with Slash

Slash

This year I'm skipping the traditional beach read and taking some rock 'n' roll with me instead.

These stories will surely make any vacation debauchery seem tame in comparison. So if you find yourself cringing after a night of too many margaritas, take solace in knowing that the boys of Mötley Crüe have you beat by a mile. Seriously.

Johnny Depp reads to me

Life by Keith Richards

Oh, yes, I've been spending a lot of time with Mr. Depp.

Ok, so I might be stretching the truth just a bit. The truth is I recently began listening to Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, read by Johnny Depp and I don't think there could be a more perfect reader. Depp's droll tone conjures Richards (except Depp is easy to understand!) and when he slips into a British accent it doesn't sound fake (a must for me).

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