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Books Recommended 85 Years Ago and Popular Today: Part 2

Here’s the description of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, a novel recommended in 1927, from Amazon: “On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf … Continue reading

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Becoming a Bootlegger

When he was a waiter at swanky Sherry’s restaurant, Prohibition began, and his bewildered wealthy customers asked him where to find alcohol. They were good customers. One left him a $1,000 tip. $1,000 bills were circulated at the time. When … Continue reading

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