March Madness: Historical, Hollywood & Fictional Reads
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Looking for a new page-turner? Here, a flurry of new reads that delve into everything from history to Hollywood tales to fiction.
Two novels — Marie Benedict’s The Only Woman in the Room and Elizabeth Letts’ Finding Dorothy — offer up Old Hollywood tales fit for the big screen. The former is based on the life of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, from her harrowing escape from a powerful Nazi-sympathizing husband to her rise to fame in Tinseltown to the torpedo guidance system she helped invent to give the Allies the edge in the war.
Letts’ tome, meanwhile, imagines Maud Gage Baum, 77, and widow of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, as she encounters Judy Garland’s Dorothy, triggering reminiscences from her own incredible life.
Award-winning Korean author Un-su Kim makes his English language debut with The Plotters, a humorous crime novel about an assassin attempting to gain control of his own fate, and 2015 Man Booker winner Marlon James combines history, fantasy and mythology in Black Leopard, Red Wolf about an African tracker who encounters mystical creatures while hunting for a missing boy.