The much-talked about novel, Beautiful Ruins, has it all. “This is about Italy in the 1960s, Hollywood now, Hollywood then, the Seattle music scene, the Donner party, World War II,” the Spokane-based, 47-year-old author said in a recent LA Times article. ( Jul 26, 2012) How can all these subjects be connected? Walter does a beautiful job of bouncing back and forth between decades and continents in this social satire that runs us through the “glamour” of Hollywood and the movie industry to an examination of popular media as it exists today in our culture. Ruins is also a beautiful love story that show us how while fate doesn’t always give us what we want, it offers us poignant hope. I suggest you read Beautiful Ruins to find out what all the hype is about– you won’t be disappointed.
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At the Newburgh Free Library we would like to connect our community to the books and movies we love as well as get feedback from you on the books and movies that you love and want to share with others.
Of course we plan on introducing new titles that are coming out on the shelves at NFL, but we also hope to connect you with a hidden gem or two – things that you might not have discovered on your own. At our new blog, look forward to reading about staff picks, patron picks, nonfiction, mystery, and the newest in street fiction. It’s all up for discussion in Inspirations.
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